Supernovas were crowned champions of the My 11 Circle Women’s T20 Challenge 2022 after beating Velocity by 4 runs on Saturday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Deandra Dottin scored a magnificent 62(44) and scalped two wickets as Supernovas sealed a final-ball victory to claim their third title.
Chasing 166 to win, openers – Shafali Verma and Yastika Bhatia were off to a flier and Velocity were 28-0 in the first two overs. However, Deandra Dottin dismissed Shafali Verma in the next over after the Velocity opener was caught behind.
The Velocity openers were back in the hut after Yastika Bhatia was caught and bowled by Sophie Ecclestone. The left-arm spinner then crashed the stumps of Kiran Navgire and Velocity were 38/3 at the end of the powerplay.
Natthakan Chantham was the next batter to depart after she was trapped LBW by Pooja Vastrakar and Velocity were reeling at 61/4 at the halfway stage.
Velocity lost half their side after skipper Deepti Sharma holed out to long-on against Alana King. The required run-rate went in excess of twelve as Velocity required 91 runs in the final seven overs with Laura Wolvaardt and Sneh Rana in the middle.
Wolvaardt kept the scoreboard ticking as the 100 was up for Velocity before Alana King dismissed Sneh Rana and Radha Yadav on consecutive deliveries.
New batter Kate Cross creamed two fours before the right-handed batter was caught behind off Deandra Dottin, who scalped her second wicket.
Wolvaardt hammered her second six of the innings and reached her half-century but the Velocity batter kept running out of partners at the other end. Velocity required 34 off 12 after new batter Simran Bahadur crunched a six over long-on.
Bahadur further creamed three fours in a row which brought the equation down to 17 off the final over. Wolvaardt smacked the first ball for six but Ecclestone held her nerves and successfully defended the total after Velocity needed six off the final delivery.
Earlier, Supernovas were put in to bat first by Velocity. While team Velocity remained unchanged, Supernovas made two changes after Mansi Joshi and Rashi Kanojiya were named in the eleven.
After only eleven runs in the first two overs, Priya Punia struck the first six of the innings. Deandra Dottin at the other end got a reprieve before the opener dispatched consecutive sixes against Sneh Rana as Supernovas reached 46/0 at the end of the powerplay.
Velocity continued their search for the opening breakthrough as the fifty partnership was up between Punia and Dottin. Both – Punia and Dottin added a six each before the 73-run partnership finally came to an end after Punia was caught by Laura Wolvaardt off Simran Bahadur’s bowling.
Supernovas were 78/1 at the halfway mark before Dottin reached her fifty in style with a flat six. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur then got into the act and smacked her first six of the innings as the hundred was up for the Supernovas in the 12th over.
Harmanpreet got into the action with two sixes and a four in the 14th over as the fifty partnership was up for the second wicket in just 29 deliveries. However, Velocity skipper Deepti Sharma rattled the stumps of Dottin, who was dismissed on 62.
Supernovas were 138-2 at the end of 16 overs before Ayabonga Khakha knocked the stumps of Pooja Vastrakar. Velocity bounced back into the game after Cross scalped two wickets in an over including the big dismissal of Harmanpreet Kaur.
Skipper Deepti Sharma claimed her second wicket after Sune Luus was caught at long-off. Simran Bahadur then dismissed Harleen Deol on the final ball of the innings and Supernovas finished the twenty overs with a total of 165/7 on the board.
Brief Scores: Supernovas 165/7 (Deandra Dottin 62, Harmanpreet Kaur 43; Deepti Sharma 2-20) beat Velocity 161/8 (Laura Wolvaardt 65*, Simran Bahadur 20*; Alana King 3-32) by 4 runs.