A mini collapse at the death restricts Supernovas score to below 126
It was the 1st match of the Womens T20 Challenge played between Supernovas and Velocity. Velocity skipper Mithali Raj won the toss and opted to bowl first. Supernovas had a slow start as their openers couldn’t fire. Priya Punia 11(15) and Rodrigues 7(8) couldn’t score big. But experienced Athapaththu 44(39) was still there and she was joined by Team India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur 31(27).Both of them started slowly but then started firing once they got themselves in. But unfortunately for Supernovas both these well set players lost their wickets in quick succession. Siriwardene too couldn’t get going as he got out on 18. This resulted in a mini collapse. From 111/4 Supernovas eventually finished at 126/8. Ekta Bisht shined with the ball for velocity picking 3/22. Kasperek and Alam too picked 2 wickets each.
Sushma and Luus shine in tense chase.
To win the first match of Womens T20 Challenge Velocity had to score 127. But Velocity didn’t start well as they lost Danielle Wyatt early. Shafali Verma 17(11) though started aggresively but failed to carry on. Mithali Raj 7(19) and Veda Krishnamurthy 29(28) then stitched in a partnership but with a low strike rate. Which resulted in both players loosing their wicket trying to match the required rate. At this moment it looked as if Supernovas will take the game away. But Sushma Verma and Sune Luus joined and changed the whole set up. Both started aggressively and started attacking the loose deliveries. Sune Luus 37(21) was the aggressor in this partnership whereas Sushma 34(33) too contributed with few massive hits. Sushma got out trying to loft one out of the park which opened the game. But Sune Luus ensured that there wont be much trouble.
Velocity eventually chased the target with a ball to spare. And won the 1st match of Womens T20 challenge by 5 wickets. For Supernovas, Ayabonga Khaka picked 2/27. Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav and Siriwardene picked 1 wicket each.
Supernovas 126/8 Athapaththu 44(39), Kaur 31(27) Ekta Bisht 3/22, Kasperek 2/23
Velocity 129/5 Sune Luus 37(21), Sushma 34(33) Ayabonga Khaka 2/27, Radha Yadav 1/27