WT20 Challenge 2022, Match2: VEL Vs SNO – Match Report
The Velocity sealed a victory in the second match of the My 11 Circle Women’s T20 Challenge 2022 after beating the Supernovas by 7 wickets on Tuesday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Fifties from Shafali Verma and Laura Wolvaardt guided Velocity to a seven-wicket victory after they chased down the target with ten balls to spare.
Chasing 151 to win, Velocity lost Natthakan Chantham’s wicket early after the opener was caught at first slip off Pooja Vastrakar’s bowling.
Shafali Varma got off to a bright start at the other end after hitting four fours in the first three overs. The fifty partnership was up for the second wicket as Shafali continued the easy flow of runs while Yastika Bhatia played second fiddle.
Deandra Dottin put an end to the partnership after Yastika Bhatia was bowled for 17. Shafali Verma reached to her half-century in just 30 deliveries and was joined by Laura Wolvaardt at the other end.
Supernovas skipper Harmapreet Kaur grabbed a brilliant catch at short-third man to put an end to Shafali Verma’s innings as Velocity were placed at 92/3 after 11 overs.
Laura Wolvaardt and skipper Deepti Sharma did not let the momentum flow away and stitched a vital partnership with Wolvaardt doing the majority of the hitting.
The fifty partnership was up for the duo and the equation was down to 13 off 18 for Velocity. Wolvaardt clubbed a six to bring her half-century in style as Velocity chased down the target 10 balls to spare.
Earlier, Velocity won the toss and opted to bowl first. Supernovas lost two early wickets after Kate Cross struck twice with the new ball to dismiss Priya Punia and Harleen Deol.
Skipper Deepti Sharma added further pressure on the Supernovas after scalping the big wicket of Deandra Dottin. The half-century was up for Shafali in just 30 deliveries as Velocity moved to 77-2 after 9 overs.
Supernovas were struggling at 29/3 at the end of the powerplay before Taniya Bhatia and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur led the side’s recovery. The fifty was up for Supernovas after the 8th over produced 15 runs including three fours.
The fifty partnership was up for the fourth wicket as Supernovas moved to 83-3 after Harmanpreet Kaur crunched a six straight down the ground in the 13th over.
The partnership came to an end after Taniya Bhatia was run-out for 36. The fifty was up for Harmanpreet Kaur and the Supernovas skipper accelerated by hammering two fours and a six in the 18th over.
Harmanpreet Kaur’s magnificent knock of 71 came to an end after Radha Yadhav rattled the stumps to scalp her first wicket.
Supernovas scored 12 off the final over to reach a competitive total of 150/5 in the first innings after Sune Luus creamed two fours.
Brief Scores: Velocity 151/3 (Laura Wolvaardt 51*, Shafali Verma 51; Deandra Dottin 2-21) beat Supernovas 150/5 (Harmanpreet Kaur 71, Taniya Bhatia 36; Kate Cross 2-24) by 7 wickets.