Defending champions Trailblazers managed to eke out a 16-run win over Velocity in the league game but that was not enough to help them seal a place in the final of the Women’s T20 Challenge. The Final will be played between Supernovas and Velocity on Saturday.
Jemimah Rodrigues was named Player of the Match after Trailblazers defeated Velocity (AFP Photo)
- Velocity end with 174/9 to reach the final of Women’s T20 challenge
- Trailblazers win by 16 runs but failed to book a place in final
- The Final will be played between Supernovas and Velocity on Saturday
Velocity qualified for the final of the Women’s T20 Challenge 2022 despite suffering a 16-defeat at the hands of defending champion Trailblazers at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Thursday.
In a virtual knockout contest, Velocity qualified for the final after overhauling the Trailblazers’ NRR quotient after crossing 158 in a mammoth 191-run chase – the highest in the tournament’s history.
Sent into bat, Trailblazers posted a challenging 190 for five in their Women’s T20 Challenge match against Velocity. Sabbhineni Meghana top-scored with 73 off 47 balls, while Jemimah Rodrigues made a 44-ball 66. Simran Bahadur picked up two wickets for 31 runs in three overs for Velocity.
Meghana produced two good hits down the ground off Kate Cross but the bowler returned to dismiss Mandhana with Simran taking an easy catch. Cross could have added Meghana’s wicket to her list but Sneh Rana dropped her at the point. Rodrigues then slammed two fours off Deepti Sharma as Trailblazers scored 47 for 1 in the powerplay.
Meghana took apart the attack, dispatching Radha Yadav for two sixes — one an inside out shot over covers and the second one over the bowler’s head — en route to her fifty in the 10th over. Rodrigues too played some exquisite shots and reached her fifty in the 14th over off 30 balls.
Shafali Verma and Ayabonga Khaka bowled two decent overs but Meghana broke the shackles, launching Verma over long off for her third six. Meghana got another reprieve when Khaka dropped her at backward point and she slammed a six and four off Rana before Cross held on to one at long-off to finally get rid off the opener.
Rodrigues and Matthews added another 31 off 15 balls before the former was holed out to Khaka. Matthews and Dunkley shared 32 off 16 to take them closer to 200.