Womens T20 Challenge, 2020

Supernovas vs Velocity - Match 1

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date & Time: 04 November 2020

Velocity 129/5

RR: 6.50 | Velocity beat Supernovas by 5 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Danni Wyatt c Taniya Bhatia (W) & b Ayabonga Khakac Taniya Bhatia (W) & b Ayabonga Khaka0500
Shafali Verma c Shakera Selman & b Ayabonga Khakac Shakera Selman & b Ayabonga Khaka171140
Mithali Raj c Shakera Selman & b Shashikala Siriwardenec Shakera Selman & b Shashikala Siriwardene71900
Veda Krishnamurthy c Chamari Atapattu & b Radha Yadavc Chamari Atapattu & b Radha Yadav292840
Sushma Verma c Harmanpreet Kaur (C) & b Poonam Yadavc Harmanpreet Kaur (C) & b Poonam Yadav343302
Sune Luus not out not out 372141
Shikha Pandey not out not out 2200
Ekta Bisht
Jahanara Alam
Leigh Kasperek
Manali Dakshini
Extras 3 (b 0, lb 1, w 2, nb 0)
Total 129 (5 Wkts, 19.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
0-1 (Danni Wyatt,0.5), 17-2 (Shafali Verma,3), 38-3 (Mithali Raj,8.3), 65-4 (Veda Krishnamurthy,13), 116-5 (Sushma Verma,18.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Ayabonga Khaka4 1 27 2 6.75
Shakera Selman4 0 19 0 4.75
Radha Yadav4 0 25 1 6.25
Poonam Yadav4 0 27 1 6.75
Shashikala Siriwardene3.5 0 30 1 8.57

That is it from this game Velocity have avenged for their loss in last season's final. Defending champions, Supernovas, will look to bounce back from this loss and keep their hopes of a spot in the final alive when they will take on Trailblazers. Velocity will look to take this winning momentum with them on 5th November, Thursday. As they take on Trailblazers. That game begins at 3.30 pm IST (1400 local). Join us for that game. Till then, good bye and take care!

PLAYER OF THE MATCH, Sune Luus, says it was a difficult task, Sushma and her rotated strike and the boundaries released the pressure and it was easy to bat in the end. Mentions she felt it came on nicely onto the bat and the boundaries hit was an indication about how good the wicket was. States the wicket played good throughout the innings and a lot depends on the style of batting. Ends by saying this is a very good tournament and she enjoys being a part of it.

Velocity skipper, Mithali Raj, says it was a very close win. Mentions it is very challenging, especially for Goswami and her as they were not part of the T20 World Cup. States she was expecting a score around 120 but she wanted her openers to do well at the start. Adds losing Wyatt made the dressing room nervous but Veda, Verma and Luus played really well. Also says such platforms helps the young players and hence, it is important. Ends by saying it is difficult to prepare for back to back games and they do not have a lot of time to prepare.

Velocity's Sushma Verma is up for a chat. Sushma says that when they decided to bowl, she felt she might need to finish the game with the bat and was well-prepared for it. Adds that winning felt better than her personal scoring. Sushma says that there were limited resources so she backed her abilities. Sushma says that she told Luus that they needed just 4-5 bad balls to score and they should look to score boundaries if it was in their zone. Tells the time during the quarantine helped her understand the foreign players better.

Supernovas skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur, says that they were never relieved and believes if one needs to win the game then they need to continue to bowl well. Admits they did not bowl according to the plan towards the end. Credits Velocity batters for the way they batted. Rues the fact that they failed to utilize the last 4 overs with the bat. Admits it is not easy to play after such a long time but thinks one needs to play well when out in the middle. Harmanpreet says there was dew in the last 3 overs but feels it is a part of the game and feels they did not bowl well.

Earlier in the day, after winning the toss and electing to field, Velocity did really well to keep Supernovas to a score which at that time felt below par. However, the Supernovas bowlers started brilliantly and had the Velocity side on the back foot till the 15th over. However, a clever innings from Sushma and a superb cameo from Luus has given them the two points.

Chasing a moderate target, Velocity needed wickets and they got it. Not only did they get wickets but also managed to apply brakes on the run scoring. All the 5 bowlers were upto the mark till the Luus-Verma partnership. It is that stand which changed the game. Luus came out all guns blazing and Verma gave her able support. She too found the fence when needed. However, there was another twist when Poonam got rid of Sushma in the penultimate over but Luus ensured she took her side home.

What a game of cricket! What a knock from Luus! What a partnership between herself and Verma. Before the two joined association, it looked down and out for Velocity but some outstanding batting has taken the batting side over the line.

Shashikala Siriwardene to Sune Luus, EDGED, DROPPED AND FOUR! That is the end and Sune Luus has taken her side over the line in a very dramatic fashion. Short outside off, Sune Luus looks to cut but gets an edge on it. Taniya Bhatia gets her glove on it but cannot hold onto it. The ball goes behind Taniya and fine to the third man fence. VELOCITY WIN BY 5 WICKETS!
Shashikala Siriwardene to Shikha Pandey, Darted on middle and leg, Shikha flicks it to deep mid-wicket and gets a single. 2 needed in 2. Super Over anyone? 
Shashikala Siriwardene to Sune Luus, Another sweep but this is to deep square leg for a single. 
Shashikala Siriwardene to Sune Luus, FOUR! Swept and swept very fine! Tossed up around leg, Sune helps the ball on it is way with a sweep and gets a boundary. 
Shashikala Siriwardene to Shikha Pandey, On the pads, Shikha paddles it to shirt fine leg for one. 

Who will bowl the last over? Siriwardene it is! She has 8 to defend. Can she do it?

Poonam Yadav to Sune Luus, Short on off and middle, Sune pulls it towards the cow corner region.. The fielder there misfields but recovers before it goes to the ropes. Two taken. Just 6 off the over and Velocity need 9 off the final over. 

Shikha Pandey walks out to bat!

Poonam Yadav to Sushma Verma, OUT! CAUGHT! Is this the turning point in this game? Smart bowling from Poonam Yadav. Tossed up on middle and off, Sushma comes down the track and looks to go over long on. There is no pace to work with and Sushma seems to be tired. She hits it high in the air and straight to Harmanpreet in the deep. She makes no mistake and takes a simple catch.
Poonam Yadav to Sune Luus, Floated on off, Sune plays it to long off for one. 
Poonam Yadav to Sune Luus, Good running! Floated on middle, Luus sweeps it away from deep square leg and gets a race.
Poonam Yadav to Sushma Verma, In the air but falls in no man's land. Another very slow delivery on middle. Sushma comes down the track and looks to heave it over mid-wicket. She does not time it well and luckily it falls short of the fielder in the deep. 
Poonam Yadav to Sushma Verma, Short outside off. The ball does not raise. Sushma cust hard ut straight to point. 

Poonam Yadav is back on! This is a very, very important over.

Ayabonga Khaka to Sushma Verma, Good length ball on off, Sushma punches it to cover and takes a quick single. Direct Hit and Verma would have been continuing her run to the dug out. 15 needed off 12 balls now.
Ayabonga Khaka to Sune Luus, On middle and leg, Luus plays it to long on and gets a run.
Ayabonga Khaka to Sune Luus, Dot! A much-needed one for Supernovas. Good length ball on off, Luus punches it to cover.
Ayabonga Khaka to Sune Luus, FOUR! Easy pickings! Full toss on the pads, Luus says thank you very much and lifts her flick over the vacant backward square leg region for a boundary. 
Ayabonga Khaka to Sushma Verma, Full on middle, Sushma plays it to long on for one. 
Ayabonga Khaka to Sushma Verma, WIDE! Another one don the leg side. This is also a stumping chance missed by Taniya Bhatia. Down the leg side, Sushma looks to flick but misses. She drags her foot in out but Taniya Bhatia fails to take the ball cleanly. 
Ayabonga Khaka to Sune Luus, On the pads, Sune flicks it to square leg for a single. 
Ayabonga Khaka to Sune Luus, WIDE! Ayabonga Khaka misses her line and bowls one down the leg side. Sune looks to flick but misses. 

Khaka is back on! He has been the best so far for Supernovas. Needs a wicket here.

Shashikala Siriwardene to Sune Luus, Another sweep and another single to the leg side. 25 needed off 18 now! 
Shashikala Siriwardene to Sushma Verma, Floated on middle, this time Sushma sweeps and gets a single. 
Shashikala Siriwardene to Sushma Verma, SIX! BANG! This is high and handsome! Tossed up on middle, Sushma puts on her dancing shoes and smokes it over long on for a biggie.
Shashikala Siriwardene to Sushma Verma, Short outside off. Sushma looks to cut but misses. 
Shashikala Siriwardene to Sushma Verma, Good teamwork in the deep! Floated on middle, Sushma loftss it over the leg side. It is between deep mid-wicket and long on. Priya Punia and Shakera Selman come from deep mid-wicket and long on respectively and stop the ball. Two taken.

Shashikala Siriwardene is back!

Shashikala Siriwardene to Sune Luus, On the pads, Sune flicks it towards mid-wicket. Sushma looks for two but there is hesitation from Luus and they stay with one. 
Poonam Yadav to Sushma Verma, Short on off, Sushma punches it to cover. 36 needeed off 24 balls.
Poonam Yadav to Sushma Verma, On the pads and short. Sushma looks to pull but seems to have missed it. The ball kisses her pad and Taniya Bhatia behind the stumps fumbles but does not cost anything extra. 
Poonam Yadav to Sune Luus, On the pads, Luus strokes it to long on for one. 
Poonam Yadav to Sune Luus, SIX! SMOKED! Velocity have decidedto change gears now. This must have been the chat during the break! Tossed up on middle and off, Luus slog sweeps it sweetly and with ease over square leg for a biggie. 
Poonam Yadav to Sushma Verma, On again comes down the track but this time hits it down the ground all along to long on for a single.
Poonam Yadav to Sushma Verma, SIX! Just the start to the over Velocity needed. Tossed up on middle, Sushma comes down the ground and goes aerial. She goes over long on and gets the desired result. 

DRINKS! Velocity now need to get going! They need to go at 10 in the last 5 overs but they do not have a lot of batters to come. Can the two pull something special off? We will find out.

Radha Yadav to Sushma Verma, Tossed up on off, SV plays it through mid off and keeps the strike. 
Radha Yadav to Sune Luus, LEADING EDGE BUT SAFE! Floated on middle, Luus looks to flick but closes the face of the bat very early. The bal takes the top edge and goes uppishly in front of cover. The fielder there runs and dives in front but cannot get to the balll. The bal goes behhind her and the batter take a run.
Radha Yadav to Sune Luus, FOUR! Suerb from Sune Luus! Floated on off and middle, Luus sweeps it hard and uppishly away from short mid-wicket and the fielder in the deep has no chance stopping that. 
Radha Yadav to Sune Luus, Good running! Floated on middle, Sune Luus sweeps it to the left of deep mid-wicket. They look for two and the batters get it.
Radha Yadav to Sune Luus, Nicely bowled! Slow and given a lot of air. Luus drives it to the left of the bowler. Radhav dives and makes a superb stop to save runs for her side. 

The third edition of the Women's T20 Challenge is upon us. We are extremely lucky that the BCCI have managed to squeeze in this tournament despite all the challenges worldwide due to the existing pandemic. Once again the structure of this T20 tournament will be like it was in 2019 and all the matches will be played in Sharjah. Three teams, three round-robin matches and a final, it will be an event that will last for four days. It's going to be the two finalists of the last season to inaugurate this edition as defending champions Supernovas will clash with Velocity. The 2-time champions will be eyeing a hat-trick and under Harmanpreet Kaur they once again own a strong and quality squad. The players of the calibre of Jemimah Rodrigues, Priya Punia, Radha Yadav are the Indian stars and they will be joined by some extraordinary overseas talent in Chamari Atapattu, Shashikala Siriwardene and Ayabonga Khaka. For Velocity, skipper Mithali Raj will be hopeful of a big impact from their foreign recruits like Danni Wyatt, Sune Luus, Jahanara Alam and with the squad comprising of the proven Indian internationals in Veda Krishnamurthy, Shafali Verma, Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey, they will be looking for a strong first outing. With so many exciting players expected to be involved, it's going to be a starry affair at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Supernovas Team Squad -Harmanpreet Kaur,Jemimah Rodrigues,Muskan Malik,Priya Punia,Ayushi Soni,Chamari Atapattu,Shashikala Siriwardene,Taniya Bhatia,Anuja Patil,Arundhati Reddy,Ayabonga Khaka,Pooja Vastrakar,Poonam Yadav,Radha Yadav,Shakera Selman

Velocity Team Squad -Danni Wyatt,Meghna Singh,Mithali Raj,Shafali Verma,Veda Krishnamurthy,Devika Vaidya,Shikha Pandey,Sune Luus,Sushma Verma,Ekta Bisht,Jahanara Alam,Leigh Kasperek,Manali Dakshini,Mansi Joshi,Murali Anagha,Sushree Dibyadarshini