Riding on the back of impressive innings by Sushma Verma (34) and Sune Luus (37*), Velocity stunned two-time champions Supernovas to beat them by 5 wickets in the opener of Women's T20 Challenge 2020. At one point of time Harmanpreet Kaur's side were all over Mithali Raj's Velocity, and a victory for them looked a mere formality.
But women's cricket was at its best in Sharjah on Wednesday as Velcoity, who were 65/4 in 13 overs at one stage, chased down a 127-run target with ease in the end.
Velocity's batting innings
Danielle Wyatt, the England star departed even before Velocity could open their account. Mithali Raj walked in the very first over and joined teenage sensation Shafali Verma, who got out after a boundary hitting spree. A captain's knock was the need of the hour but Mithali also succumbed under pressure and departed for 7 in the 9th over.
Experienced Veda Krishnamurthy and wicketkeeper-batsman Sushma Verma then partnered for important 27 runs to stabilise their team's innings at take it to 65 in 12.5 overs. With the scoreboard pressure mounting, Krishnamurthy (29) lost patience and fell to Radha Yadav on the last delivery of the 13th innings.
Thrilling partnership between Sushma Yadav and Sune Luus
When all looked over for Velocity, Sushma joined forces with South African Luus to stitch a quickfire 51-run partnership and take them team very close to SNO's 126-run total but the former departed with 11 needed off 7 balls.
Supernovas shaky batting innings
Supernovas were put under pressure straightaway after being put into bat first in Sharjah by Velocity captain Mithali Raj. Priya Punia and Chamari Athapaththu were off to a very watchful and slow start before Leigh Kasperek dismissed Priya (11) in the 6th over. Jemimah Rodrigues (7) walked in at the but departed soon after showing glimpses of her brilliance. She was castled by spinner Ekta Bisht, who looked very impressive throughout her 4 overs.
But Luus held her nerves titllthe end moments to take her team home with a ball to spare.
47-run partnership between Chamari Athapaththu and Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur joined Athapaththu (44) after the departure of Jemimah and 47-run partnership flourished between them. The two batsman showed their class and were looking set to end Supernovas' innings on a high but pacer Jahanara Alam came back to dismiss the Sri Lankan first in the 13 over and then Harmanpreet (31) on the 4th ball of 17th over.
Later, 4 wickets fell in a span of 16 balls as SNO's ended their innings at a platry total of 126/8. Ekta Bisht scalped two wickets in the final over.