Twitter Reactions: Supernovas survive Laura Wolvaardt scare to lift record third title

Supernovas snatched a four-run win over Velocity in the Women's T20 Challenge 2022 final.

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Karthik Nair

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Supernovas have once again proved why they are the best side as they got the better of Velocity by four runs in the final of the Women’s T20 Challenge 2022 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on May 28. By the virtue of this win, the Harmanpreet-led side won this competition for a record third time, having made the finals in all four editions of this competition.

Velocity skipper Deepti Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first as she reckoned that the conditions would be good to chase. However, the Supernovas gladly accepted the invitation to bat first as Priya Punia and Deandra Dottin added 73 runs for the opening stand. Priya was dismissed for 28, but Dottin continued to target the bowlers with her amazing strokeplay.

She got good support from captain Harmanpreet Kaur who scored a quickfire 29-ball 43. The Supernovas suffered a batting collapse in the middle and death overs which made Dottin’s innings a significant and special one. She scored 62 runs from 44 deliveries at a strike rate of nearly 141 as Supernovas posted a stiff 165/7.

For Velocity, Kate Cross, Deepti Sharma, and Simran Bahadur registered two scalps each with Ayabonga Khaha taking a wicket.

Velocity lose plot despite a brisk start

In reply, openers Shafali Verma and Yastika Bhatia ensured a brisk start for Velocity as they were in business right from the word ‘go’. The duo targetted Mansi Joshi who conceded 17 in her first over, and from thereon, it appeared as if the run chase would be an easy affair.

However, it was not to be as once Shafali was dismissed in the third over, things started falling apart for the first-time finalists and they could not handle the pressure on the big occasion. They soon found themselves reeling at 64/5 in the 11th over. Even though the seasoned South African batter Laura Wolvaardt played a counter-attacking knock, it was only good enough to reduce the margin of defeat with wickets falling from the other end.

Towards the end of the contest, Velocity’s hopes were restored when tailender Simran Bahadur played a spectacular cameo and transferred back the pressure on Supernovas. With 17 needed off the final over, the onus was on Sophie Ecclestone to win it from thereon and while she did concede a six off her first delivery, Ecclestone brilliantly held her nerves and gave away just six runs in the remaining over to snatch a famous win for the Supernovas.

Wolvaardt scored a valiant unbeaten 40-ball 65 while Bahadur remained unbeaten on 20. Alana King was the pick of the bowlers for Supernovas, recording figures of 3/32 while Ecclestone and Deandra Dottin chipped in with two scalps each. Pooja Vastrakar also contributed with a wicket.

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