This sprawling metropolis could have hosted the nation’s first-ever Nationals in girls’s cricket practically half-a-century in the past, nevertheless it didn’t appear too excited concerning the Women’s T20 Challenge. Until Saturday night time, that’s.
An glorious crowd turned up on the MCA Stadium for the ultimate. Supernovas gained a memorable recreation by 4 runs.
It was the third title in 4 editions for Supernovas. If Velocity got here so shut, chasing 166, that was due to a shocking fightback staged by Laura Wolvaardt (65 n.o., 40b, 5×4, 3×6) and Simran Bahadur (20 n.o., 10b, 3×4, 1×6), with their unbroken stand of 44 for the ninth wicket.
When the duo got here collectively, the match was all however over at 117 for eight with simply 3.1 overs to go. After Simran hit Pooja Vastrakar for 3 fours in succession within the penultimate over which produced 17 runs, precisely as many had been required within the ultimate one.
Left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone, who had earlier damaged Velocity’s top-order, gave away solely 12. The goal had come down to 6 off the final ball, however Simran’s formidable swing solely ended up within the bat flying out of her arms.
Ecclestone had taken two wickets in her first spell. One of her victims was Kiran Navgire, who had caught everybody’s consideration along with her gorgeous 69 off 34 balls in her first innings within the event on Thursday. Her first scoring shot then was a six.
On this night time, she couldn’t rating a single run off her first 12 balls. On the thirteenth, she stepped out, solely to be bowled by Eccelstone.
The primary characteristic of the Supernovas innings was some fabulous hitting from opener Deandra Dottin 62, 44b, 1×4, 4×6) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (43, 29b, 1×4, 3×6), two of the best strokemakers within the girls’s recreation. Dottin and Harmanpreet had added 58 for the second wicket.
That was after Dottin and Priya Punia (28, 29b, 2×6) placed on 73 for the primary wicket. The West Indian was good, in fact, however she benefited from some poor catching — for a second recreation in a row — by Velocity.