Mithali Raj-led Velocity registered a three-wicket win over Trailblazers in Match 2 of the Women’s T20 Challenge. After opting to bowl first, the Velocity bowlers did extremely well to restrict the Trailblazers to a modest 112-6. Opener Shafali Verma’s 34 and Danielle Wyatt’s 46 powered Velocity’s run-chase;they got over the line in 18 overs.
15-year old Shafali Verma, one of four uncapped players chosen to play in the competition, batted aggressively to score 34. She often charged down the track and created her own momentum; the teenager drove down the ground and employed the slog sweep to good effect, and scored 30 of her 34 runs on the leg-side. She was dismissed in the tenth over when she charged down the ground once more, buthad to reach out to a delivery that was fired wide outside the off-stump, didn’t get enough bat and only manged to spoon a catch to point.
While most batters favoured the leg-side, Danielle Wyatt was fluent through the off-side; the England all-rounder collected three boundaries through cover and two boundaries through point. She hit two sixes too – off HarleenDeol and Stafanie Taylor – both over wide long-on. Wyatt dominated the third wicket partnership with captain Mithali Raj; she contributed 30 runs in the 48-run partnership, before she was dismissed with her team two runs away from a win.
There was a dramatic collapse following Wyatt’s dismissal; Velocity lost four more wickets on the same score to slip to 111-7. However, Sushree Pradhan collected a brace through thirdman to complete the job.
The Trailblazers, who were sloppy in the field in the opening match, yet again grassed several opportunities; at least four catches were put down in the field. Deepthi Sharma would be the most successful bowler in the match; she finished with figures of 4 for 14.
Earlier in the afternoon, Smriti Mandhana collected two boundaries with fluent drives through mid-off but perished for 10 when she edged a wide delivery to the wicket-keeper. The other opener Suzie Bates added 35 runs for the second wicket with HarleenDeol in what would be the biggest partnership of the Trailblazers’ innings; Bates (26 from 22 balls) was dismissed in the ninth over when she holed out to long-on.
Deol then took control of proceedings. The two things that stood out about her innings was how busy she was at the crease and how decided she was with her footwork; she danced down the track frequently, but also used the depth of the crease on occasions. Deol’s 43 (off 40 balls) contained 19 singles, 2 twos and 5 boundaries.She was dismissed in the 18th over when she came down the track and attempted to hit over the top, but didn’t get enough power and was caught at the edge of the ropes at long-on.
The Trailblazers were 34-1 in the powerplay, added 39 for the loss of two wickets in the middle nine overs, and finished with 39 runs in the final five overs.
For Velocity, Ekta Bisht (2-13, no boundaries conceded) and Shikha Pandey (1-18, 15 dot balls) were the pick of the bowlers. Amelia Kerr (3-0-21-2) and Sushree Pradhan (3-1-14-1) were the other wicket-takers.
Velocity: 113-7 in 18.0 Overs (Shafali Verma 34, Danielle Wyatt 46, Deepthi Sharma 4-14) defeated
Trailblazers: 112-6(Suzie Bates 26, HarleenDeol 43, Ekta Bisht 2-13, Amelia Kerr 2-21) by 3 wickets.
Player of the Match
Danielle Wyatt for 46 of 35 balls