Supernovas trounce Velocity to win the Women’s T20 Challenge 2022 

Supernovas win their third Women’s T20 Challenge title

Supernovas defeated Velocity by 4 runs in the final of the 2022 edition of the 2022 Women’s T20 Challenge at the Maharashtra Cricket Asociation Stadium on Saturday.

The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side won their third Women’s T20 Challenge title in four seasons courtesy of a starring performance from Deandra Dottin who scored 62 runs off 44 balls in the first innings before taking a couple of crucial wickets with the ball in hand in the second innings.

Dottin was pretty pleased with her ‘Player of the Match’ performance as she bagged the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award as well.

She said,

“Feels brilliant to be a part of this tournament. Experience is very good. You come here and learn from other players and you bond with your teammates and learn from different personalities. I’m a bit shy but it was very good for me. The team backed me, made me feel comfortable and at home.”

Deepti Sharma won the toss and asked the Supernovas to bat first on a batting-friendly pitch in Pune. Batting first, Dottin and Priya Punia put up a 73-run stand in 9.3 overs before the latter gave away her wicket to Simran Bahadur at the score of 28 runs off 29 balls.

A change in batting order saw skipper Kaur promote herself to No.3 as she and Dottin played fiercely for the next five overs helping the score reach 131 in 15 overs before the loss of the second wicket as Dottin was undone by a smart delivery from the opposition skipper Sharma.

Fantastic death bowling from Kate Cross, Sharma, Bahadur, and Ayabonga Khaka helped Velocity stop the Supernovas at a total of 165/7 as none of the other batters could reach double-digit scores.

Sophie Ecclestone helped Supernovas win their third Women’s T20 Challenge Title

Sophie Ecclestone helped Supernovas win their third Women’s T20 Challenge Title

Chasing a target of 166 runs, Shafali Verma and Yastika Bhatia had great starts as they scored 28 runs from the first two overs before a bowling change saw Dottin prize the crucial wicket of the fiery teenager. Yastika followed her opening partner back to the pavilion in the next over as Sophie Ecclestone caught and bowled the wicket-keeper batsman.

Kiran Navgire’s innings of 0 runs off 13 balls and Natthakan Chantham’s innings of 6 runs off 13 balls put Velocity in a precarious position at 64/5 in 11 overs as Deepti also departed after playing an innings of 2 runs off 5 balls.

However, a fighting half-century from Laura Wolvaardt helped Velocity make a comeback into the match as Bahadur and Kate Cross also played cameos at the back which put the Sharma-led team in a position to win the match at 6 runs required off a solitary ball.

Ecclestone who was bowling the last over, took on the responsibility and helped Velocity win the match that went down to the final ball. 

Skipper Kaur talked about how things went wrong in the first over for the Supernovas and praised Ecclestone for her impressive bowling performance.

She said,

“I know this game going to be like that only and I was prepared for that. Great effort by the girls. We never felt we won the game and we knew anything could happen. The first over was not in our favour but I knew if we get 2 early wickets, the match can turn for us. At the right moment, we were getting the wickets.”

The skipper continued, The way Sophie bowled was outstanding. She was quite confident. If you have a bowler who is so confident, half the job is done. I was just giving her placement and she was bowling the way she wanted to bowl. When you have teammates who always want to play each and every moment, you do that whether it’s in your favour or not.