Women’s T20 Challenge Highlights, Supernovas vs Velocity: Sushma Verma scored 34 in 33 balls and Suue Luus scored an unbaten 37 in 21 balls as Velocity chased down 127 in 19.5 overs to pick up a 5-wicket win. Ayabonga Khaka dismissed both Velocity openers Shafali Verma and Danielle Wyatt early on in the chase. Velocity kept losing wickets, but Verma and Luus showed maturity to take their team through. Earlier, Ekta Bisht displayed a stunning bowling performance, registering figures of 3/22 as Velocity restricted Supernovas to 126/8 in 20 overs after winning the toss. Athapaththu starred for Supernovas with the bat, scoring 44 runs in 39 balls, while Harmanpreet Kaur scored 31 runs in 27 balls, but the rest of the team failed to put on a solid batting performance.
Follow IPL Women’s T20 Challenge Highlights, Supernovas vs Velocity here:
Velocity beat Supernovas by 5 wickets
Suue Luus and Sushma Verma ensured that Velocity won the match from a difficult situation. Velocity beat Super Novas by 5 wickets.
One over left
This match has come right down to the wire – Velocity need 9 to win in 6 balls. Sushma Verma was dismissed, she was looking dangerous. Sasikala to bowl final over. Sune Luus and Shikha Pandey in the middle.
Sushma Verma is doing it!
SIX! Sushma Verma hits a stunning six! She is doing it for Velocity! They now need 25 to win in 3 balls.
Radha Yadav to Krishnamurthy – Caught by Athapaththu! The pressure was building and Veda tried to go for a boundary, but failed to get timings on it. Velocity 65/4
Siriwardene to Mithali – OUT!
GONE! That is a massive blow for Velocity – the captain Mithali Raj has been dismissed. Selman has been good in the field and this will hurt Super novas fans. VEL 38/3
8 overs gone
Velocity are slow in start – have reached 38/2 after 8 overs. Mithali and Veda are experienced customers and they need to take the game deep here.
Shafali Verma OUT
Ayabonga Khaka gets another big wicketg of Shafali Verma who has struck it to Selman. Velocity 17/2 after 3 overs
Wyatt departs for a duck!
GONE! Danielle Wyatt has been dismissed for a duck by Khaka and that is a HUGE WICKET! Velocity 0/1
Danielle Wyatt, Shafali Verma begin chase
Danielle Wyatt and Shafali Verma begin 127-run chase. Ayabonga Khaka into the attack.
End of innings
Ekta Bisht picks two wickets in the final two ball as Supernovas post 126/8 (Athapaththu 44, Bisht 22/3) against Velocity in Sharjah
Siriwardene RUN OUT!
GONE! Pressure was building and Siriwardene went for a cheeky run but fell short. Good work on the field. Supernovas 120/6
Kasperek to Vastrakar – OUT!
GONE! Big wicket – Vastrakar can be dangerous customer in the death overs, but not today. Supernovas are falling like a pack of cards. SPN 116/5
Alam to Kaur – OUT!
Slower ball from Alam does the trick and it is Kaur who has given away an easy catch to Shikha Pandey. BIG WICKET. SPN 111/4
15 overs gone
Ekta Bisht back into the attack as Harmanpreet Kaur looks to put on some runs in the death overs. 15 overs are gone – and SPN are 102/3
Jahanara Alam to Athapaththu – OUT!
GONE! Alam has struck the big wicket of Athapaththu and she departs for 44. Tried to slog but got caught. Supernovas 89/3
12 overs gone
Expensive over from Kasperek and now Chamara and Harmanpreet are starting to fire. SuperNovas reach 78/2 in 12 overs.
10 overs gone
We are half way through to the match and this has been a slow burner from SuperNovas. They are at 53/2 in 10 over – Harmanpreet Kaur needs to start firing soon.
GONE! Ekta Bisht gets the big wicket of Jemimah Rodrigues. Perhaps it was not a good decision to not allow her to open. SPN 44/2
Kasperek to Punia – OUT!
GONE! Krishnamurthy takes a catch at mid-on and Punia is the first one to go. SuperNovas 29/1
5 overs gone
Good start from Priya Punia and Athapaththu. The two have set a platform for SuperNovas to put on a good total with some heavy hitters to follow. 5 overs gone, SuperNovas 29/0
Jahanara Alam to Priya Punia – FOUR! Punia gets a shot away and this is the first boundary of the match. Fantastic shot!
HERE WE GO!
Priya Punia and Athapaththu are in the middle for SuperNovas. Shikha Pandey opens the attack for Velocity. HERE WE GO!
Supernovas (Playing XI): Priya Punia, Chamari Athapaththu, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Shashikala Siriwardene, Taniya Bhatia(w), Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Shakera Selman, Ayabonga Khaka
Velocity (Playing XI): Shafali Verma, Danielle Wyatt, Mithali Raj(c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Sushma Verma(w), Sune Luus, Manali Dakshini, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Leigh Kasperek, Jahanara Alam
Harmanpreet Kaur at toss
Harmanpreet Kaur: We were ready to do both, we weren’t dependent on the toss. I know we are playing after a long time, so we thought as a team, we will go out there and play our natural game. We were champions last year and will keep continuing to do the same. We will look to enjoy ourselves. I want to put myself more into batting, hopefully I’ll bat little up and give a good start to my team. We have a good side and it was hard to decide who’ll play in the XI.
Mithali Raj at toss
Mithali Raj: “We will have a bowl. We’ve got three seamers in, there will be a bit of breeze and it will get easier to chase in the second innings. For women’s cricket, it is very important to have this yearly basis. It’s also a great platform for young cricketers. We saw Shafali doing great for India.”
TOSS – Supernovas vs Velocity!
Velocity captain Mithali Raj have won the toss and have opted to field
Harmanpreet holds the key for Supernovas
Harmanpreet was in top form in the last edition scoring two half-centuries in three matches and in the final, her blisteriing 37-ball 51 sealed a second win for them. She would look to once again lead Velocity from the front.
It’s a rematch of last year’s final
Supernovas and Velocity had squared off against each other in the final of last year in which the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side had emerged victories to lift their second title on the trot. Will Velocity be able to turn it around this year?
Supernovas vs Velocity live score
Hello and welcome to the opening match of Women’s T20 challenger between defending champions Supernovas and Velocity at the Sharjah Cricket Ground in UAE today.