Supernovas vs Velocity HIGHLIGHTS, Women's T20 Challenge 2022: Wolvaardt fifty powers VEL to seven-wicket win

Velocity vs Supernovas HIGHLIGHTS, WT20 Challenge: Check out the score, updates and highlights of today's WT20C match from the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.

Laura Wolvaardt and Deepti Sharma guided Velocity to a seven-wicket win.   -  SPORTZPICS

Welcome to the coverage of the Women's T20 Challenge match between Supernovas and Velocity. This was Lalith Kalidas, bringing you all the action as it unfolds at the MCA Stadium in Pune.

 

Harmanpreet Kaur: If you drop catches, you can't plan against the batters. That didn't help us. The way we started. we had to finish well. We were able to set a decent total but as I said you had to field well. The conditions were same throughout. If you keep giving easy runs, nothing can help you. Yesterday's win was a crucial one. Lot of positives and lot of areas to improve upon.

A seven-wicket win for Velocity - the highest chase in WT20 Challenge - has helped it get off the blocks on the points table. As for Supernovas, the lack of a colourful display tonight was perhaps the result of its opener from yesterday. With two matches in under 24 hours, the fatigue has probably not settled down. Harmanpreet's heroics notwithstanding, the Supernovas will now have to wait for the result of the Trailblazers-Velocity clash to make the final.

VEL 151/3 in 18.2 overs: Dottin tails one in and Wolvaardt hits it straight to mid-on. No run. In the slot and Wolvaardt smokes it over long-on for SIX! The scores are level as Wolvaardt notches up a 35-ball FIFTY. Wide to finish and Velocity gets off to a winning start.

Velocity needs 7 runs in 12 balls.

VEL 144/3 in 18 overs: Velocity within touching distance now. Wolvaardt and Deepti have given away no chances to the fielders in their stoic stand at the crease so far.

Velocity needs 13 runs in 18 balls.

VEL 138/3 in 17 overs: Ecclestone errs with a bowl down leg. Wolvaardt easily slides it down leg for FOUR runs. Eight runs come off the over.

Velocity needs 21 runs in 24 balls.

VEL 130/3 in 16 overs: Chandu drops short and Wolvaardt rocks back to punch the ball through extra cover for FOUR. Velocity is strolling towards the finish-line now.  Another tossed-up delivery outside the off-stump and Wolvaardt gloriously drills it through the off-side and beats the deep cover fielder for FOUR runs. 50-run partnership for Wolvaardt and Deepti off just 38 balls.

Velocity needs 32 runs in 30 balls.

VEL 119/3 in 15 overs: Dottin pushes through a fine over. Three dots to tighten the screws with no room on offer. She follows up with a delivery right in the blockhole outside off-stump to Deepti.

VEL 117/3 in 14 overs: Deepti sweeps a full-toss first-up for a single. Wolvaardt carves the ball past point for a crisp FOUR. Short from Harman and Wolvaardt quickly shuffles to pull the ball off her pads for FOUR behind square.

Harmanpreet Kaur into the attack

VEL 105/3 in 13 overs: Wolvaardt and Deepti work around the field for singles. 100 up for Velocity and the chase looks pretty manageable at the moment. Deepti unleashes a fine sweep to find FOUR through mid-wicket. FOUR more, this time from Wolvaardt as she pulls the short ball down to the fine-leg boundary.

VEL 96/3 in 12 overs: The boundaries have suddenly disappeared as King skims through another over. Four from it as the Supernovas continue to toil for wickets.

VEL 92/3 in 11 overs: Vastrakar slides down leg and Deepti swivels to push to fine leg for FOUR. Vastrakar comes over the wicket again and Deepti needles it fine for another FOUR. Vastrakar is displeased with the outcome as Velocity moves towards the three-figure mark.

Vastrakar returns



VEL 82/3 in 10 overs: In the air and Harmanpreet Kaur pulls off an absolute ripper at short-third!
Shafali is in disbelief as her late-cut finds Harman flying full-length to the left to latch onto the ball with one hand. Deepti Sharma walks in at 5. Still no signs of the explosive Navgire.

Shafali Verma c Kaur b Dottin 51 (33b 9x4 1x6)

VEL 77/2 in 9 overs: Alana King flips one in to hit Shafali's pad and the umpire raises her finger. Shafali instantly opts for a review. She escapes as the ball flies over the wickets. FIFTY for Shafali off 30 balls with a single. King slides one down leg and Wolvaardt quickly glides it past short-fine leg for FOUR.

Shafali's 30-ball fifty is the fastest in WT20 Challenge.


VEL 72/2 in 8 overs:
Short ball and Yastika slams it over mid-wicket for FOUR. Dottin responds in style as she cleans up Yastika. Yastika loses sense of her leg-stump as she shuffles across a bit too much. Dottin maintains her line to hit the wicket and Supernovas has got a much-needed breakthrough.  Laura Wolvaardt in at 3. Wolvaardt nudges the ball to the on-side as Shafali charges for a non-existent single. Dottin responds quickly and has a shy at the stumps but misses. Dotting comes around the wicket to Wolvaardt and beats the outside-edge. Similar lengths on offer and Wolvaardt eases into a push through cover for two runs.

Yastika Bhatia b Dottin 17 (13b 2x4)

Dottin replaces Chandu

VEL 65/1 in 7 overs: King maintains a tight line around the stumps. Yastika and Shafali tread with singles.  Five runs come off King's first over.

Alana King into the attack

VEL 60/1 in 6 overs: Shafali continues the onslaught with a delectable slog over long-on for SIX! FOUR more. This is a completely rejuvenated version of Shafali that we have on show here. Chandu offers a hint of room and Shafali elegantly springs down and lofts the ball over cover for FOUR with a mere push. Velocity have reciprocated with the bat in a strong PowerPlay finish.

Velocity's 60/1 is the highest PP score in WT20 Challenge


V Chandu replaces Vastrakar

VEL 48/1 in 5 overs: Ecclestone rolls one in and Shafali casually lofts the ball down the ground for FOUR to long-on. Shafali mirrors the previous shot with a crisp drive to long-off for FOUR.  In the air and dropped! Dottin spills a sitter at point. That's a rare sight right there! Shafali gets a tame outside-edge from the fuller length. Shafali follows up with another fiery stroke down the ground but is kept down to two runs.

Ecclestone returns

VEL 37/1 in 4 overs: Shafali hits a full-toss straight back past the bowler and there's a shout for a run-out at the non-striker's end. The ball seems to brush Vastrakar's fingers with Yastika short of her crease. The umpire ask for a review. The third-umpire deems the ball hasn't touched the bowler's hand and Yastika survives. Similar line on offer and Shafali wallops the ball down the ground for FOUR. In the slot and Shafali makes room to drill the ball through for FOUR this time.

VEL 27/1 in 3 overs: Width on offer and Yastika caresses the ball past point for FOUR. She quickly gets off strike with a single. Meghna shapes one off the length and Shafali deftly puts it behind point for another FOUR. Length from Meghna and Shafali whacks it over mid-wicket for a sizzling FOUR! The ball bursts through Luus to find the fence. Streaky drive from Shafali falls just behind the cover fielder as she quickly finds two runs.

Meghna Singh replaces Ecclestone

VEL 12/1 in 2 overs: Vastrakar hits the deck hard first-up. Chantham responds with a firm push to cover. OUT! Chantham falls cheaply as Vastrakar strikes early once again. Impeccable line from Vastrakar as she induces the outside-edge off the fuller length. The ball sails straight to wide-slip and the Supernovas have created an early in-road.  Yastika Bhatia in at 3. Vastrakar greets her with a good bouncer.  A single gets her off the mark. Wide from Vastrakar. Vastrakar hits the length and Shafali gets the 'Nataraja' rolling with a nice flick off the pads for FOUR through square-leg.

Natthakan Chantham c Kaur b Vastrakar 1 (4b)

Pooja Vastrakar from the opposite end

VEL 6/0 in 1 over: A good ball outside the off-stump to start and Shafali defends it sturdily. Ecclestone tosses one in and Shafali quickly steps out and eases the ball past the bowler for FOUR. Ecclestone tightens her line and follows up with two dots. Shafali shimmies down and Ecclestone quickly slides one down leg for the keeper. Bhatia fails to get hold of the ball as the batters find a single

Sophie Ecclestone takes the new ball. Verma on strike.

Shafali Verma and Natthakhan Chantham open for Velocity.

Back for the chase.  The Supernovas have taken the field.

Velocity needs 151 to win. Stay tuned...

Harmanpreet Kaur, 71 (51): In the end, I am happy we were to able to score some decent runs. We have a good bowling side. We need to keep looking for wickets and if we do early on, we have a good chance to win this match.


SNO 150/5 in 20 overs:
Luus finally connects the ball to the boundary with a sweep behind square for FOUR. A single to follow as Luus nearly finds the long-on fielder on the full.  Deepti rolls in a full-toss and Luus thumps it down the ground for FOUR. The Supernovas get to 150 and would be certainly be content with this finish, given its rocky start.

Deepti Sharma up for the final over

SNO 138/5 in 19 overs: Harmanpreet moves into the 70s with another cracking slog-sweep for SIX! Through the gates and Radha cleans up Harmanpreet.  She departs after a well-made 71 off 51 balls. Radha wafted the ball in towards the legs and extracted enough turn to fox Harman's charge down the wicket. The ball crashes into the leg-stump as Supernovas eye 150 with an over to spare.

Harmanpreet Kaur b Yadav 71 (51b 7x4 3x6)

Radha Yadav into the attack

SNO 129/4 in 18 overs: Rana pushes the ball wide on the tram-line and keeps it beyond Harman's reach. Harmanpreet shuffles across for a slog-sweep but misses as Rana tosses one in quickly. Loud shot from the bowler as the umpire denies the appeal. Velocity opts for a review.  Harmanpreet survives as the replasy suggest Umpire's Call on Impact.  Harman attempts another shuffle but ends up getting an inside-edge past short fine-leg for FOUR. And the Harman-power prevails, finally. Rana hits the slot this time and Harmanpreet slog-sweeps in style for SIX! Poof. Harmanpreet nimbly charges down and smokes the ball over the bowler for FOUR.

SNO 114/4 in 17 overs: Cross continues to fiddle with her pace. FIFTY for Harmanpreet off 42 balls as she pushes the ball to cover for a single.  Cross-seamer from Cross and Luus lifts the ball over mid-off for FOUR.

Cross returns

TIMEOUT

SNO 106/4 in 16 overs: Sneh tosses the ball outside the off-stump. Harman moves across and drives it down to long-off for a single. Just the three runs from it as Supernovas continue to push for an opening to sneak in the boundaries.

SNO 103/4 in 15 overs: Khaka errs with a loose delivery down leg and Taniya flicks it for FOUR past short-fine leg. A single to follow. Harman fails to clear wicketkeeper Yastika with a sweep and Taniya is halfway down the crease. Mix-up and Taniya is caught short of her crease with an excellent pick-up and throw from Yastika. A bizarre way to go just when things were looking bright for the Supernovas. Sune Luus in at 6.

Taniya Bhatia run out (†Bhatia/Khaka) 36 (32b 3x4)

SNO 94/3 in 14 overs: Deepti tosses the ball outside-off and yet Harmanpreet shuffles across to sweep and bisect the square-leg and mid-wicket fielder for FOUR! Harman and Taniya find the gaps with more regularity all of a sudden and Deepti concedes 11 runs upon return.

Deepti Sharma returns

SNO 83/3 in 13 overs: Maya wafts one in and Harmanpreet sweeps it between mid-wicket and square-leg for FOUR runs. First boundary in five overs as Supernovas attempt to switch gears. Harman continues to use the sweep to good effect to fluff the bowler's lines. In the slot and Harmanpreet powers the ball over the bowler for a massive SIX.

Ouch..?

Maya Sonawane in action.   -  SPORTZPICS

SNO 69/3 in 12 overs: Harmanpreet attempts a chage but Rana quickly drops the ball short as the ball eventually finds the cover fielder.  50-run partnership for Harmanpreet and Rana off 50 balls. The pair has bailed Supernovas out of imminent trouble but now the onus is on picking the boundaries.

SNO 65/3 in 11 overs: Maya flips the ball with her unique action. Harman's at ease as she employs the sweep in front of square for a couple of singles. Supernovas still struggling to find the fence.

Maya Sonawane replaces Radha Yadav

SNO 60/3 in 10 overs: Velocity continues to maintain its tight leash around the batters. Just three runs coming off Rana's first over.

Sneh Rana into the attack

TIMEOUT

SNO 57/3 in 9 overs: Radha comes over the wicket to Taniya who lifts it over mid-on for a single. Harman sweeps to square-leg for one run. Radha maintains a tight line around the leg-stump and the batters continue to deal in singles. Five runs off the over.

SNO 52/3 in 8 overs: Harmanpreet paddles Khaka for a single.  Khaka fends short and Taniya slaps it down the ground for FOUR. FOUR more as Taniya advances to flick the ball through mid-on for another boundary. A single and a wide to follow as Khaka errs in line. Khaka strays to the pads and Harmanpreet gently nudges it past the keeper for FOUR.

SNO 37/3 in 7 overs: Radha wafts the ball into the middle-stump and Harman preempts a paddle sweep but misses. Radha pushes further up and gets some turn away from the Supernovas skipper. Radha slides one in and Harmanpreet unleashes a fierce sweep through square-leg for FOUR. Harmanpreet pulls off a quick single.

Radha Yadav into the attack

SNO 29/3 in 6 overs: Khaka strays down leg and the ball clips Taniya to slide past short-fine leg for two runs. A couple of singles to follow. Excellent PowerPlay for Velocity with the ball.

Ayabonga Khaka replaces Deepti Sharma

SNO 25/3 in 5 overs: Cross into her third over in the PowerPlay. Cross wobbles the ball into the pads and Harmanpreet leans forward to push the ball past a sloppy Khaka at mid-on for FOUR.

SNO 19/3 in 4 overs: Deepti tosses on up towards the middle-stump and Dotting clears her front leg to power the ball over a tangled deep mid-wicket fielder for FOUR.  Top-edge and GONE! Massive jolt for the Supernovas as Dottin sends one straight up. Easy catch for Yastika as Supernovas slips down the barrel. Harmanpreet Kaur in at 5.  She gets off the mark with a single.

Deandra Dottin c †Bhatia b Sharma 6 (9b 1x4)

SNO 14/2 in 3 overs: Width from Cross again and Harleen slams it through point for another FOUR.  There goes another! Harleen holes out to backward point. Cross' excellent riposte undoes a rash heave across the line. She wafts in a slower-ball and Harleen mistimes it altogether to Wolvaardt who makes no mistake.  Taniya Bhatia in at 4.

Harleen Deol c Wolvaardt b Cross 7 (9b 1x4)

SNO 8/1 in 2 overs: Deepti begins with a fuller delivery that lands right under Harleen's bat. Harleen gets a single with a push to long-on. Three singles off the over.

Deepti Sharma into the attack

SNO 5/1 in 1 over: Cross begins with a gentle loosener outside the off-stump and Punia elegantly cuts the ball past backward point for FOUR. A dot to follow. In the air and Punia holes out to cover! Slower ball sticks in the pitch for a moment and Punia mistimes a drive straight to the fielder.  Harleen in at 3. Loud shout as Cross hits Harleen's pads. That was plumb in line but a faint inside-edge seems to have saved the batter.

Priya Punia c Khaka b Cross 4 (3b 1x4)

Kate Cross up with the new ball. Punia on strike.

Action begins...  Velocity fielders are walking out to the field. Priya Punia and Deandra Dottin open for Supernovas.

Velocity Playing XI:  Shafali Verma, Laura Wolvaardt, Yastika Bhatia(w), Natthakan Chantham, Deepti Sharma(c), Kiran Navgire, Sneh Rana, Radha Yadav, Kate Cross, Ayabonga Khaka, Maya Sonawane

Supernovas Playing XI: Deandra Dottin, Priya Punia, Sune Luus, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Harleen Deol, Taniya Bhatia(w), Sophie Ecclestone, Alana King, V Chandu, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh

Laura Wolvaardt, Velocity: Think we have covered all the bases. This team has a completely different look to what it was last year. We got a good balance of batters and bowlers with a few senior players and youngsters as well. Think it might be a bit slower in the noon and a belter under the lights. It's nice to have her (Ayabonga Khaka) in my side, we have been spending a lot of time together.

TOSS: Velocity wins the toss, opts to bowl

Deepti Sharma: We will bowl first, it will assist the spinners as it's an afternoon game. The preparations have been good. We have had 3 practice sessions and we come into the match with good practice.I am excited to lead the team.

Harmanpreet Kaur: We were looking to bat first anyway. We need to post a good total again. There were a lot of positives in yesterday's match. We are going with the same XI.

 

3:00PM IST: Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma the middle for the toss

Toss coming up at 3PM..

Pitch Report: The pitch continues to hold some grass on the pitch and may not be conducive for the spinners. There will be enough carry and the extra skid will favour the batters. An afternoon start also rules out the effectiveness of dew.

 

2:37PM IST: Will Deepti Sharma's spring a surprise over the Supernovas?

Velocity skipper Deepti Sharma.   -  SPORTZPICS

 

1:55PM IST: Can Harmanpreet's Supernovas brave the tough road to the final with back-to-back wins on successive days?

 

1:50PM IST:  Velocity vs Supernovas Dream11 prediction

Wicketkeeper: Yastika Bhatia

Batters: Deandra Dottin, Laura Wolvaardt,  Harleen Deol, Shafali Verma (c), Kiran Navgire

All-rounders: Harmanpreet Kaur, Pooja Vastrakar (vc)

Bowlers: Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Radha Yadav

Team Composition: VL 6:5 SNO Credits Left: 0.5

 

SUPERNOVAS vs VELOCITY MATCH PREVIEW

Barely 16-odd hours after opening the 2022 edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge with a win against defending champion Trailblazers, Harmanpreet Kaur’s Supernovas will take on Velocity at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Tuesday.

Kaur has been raving about her side’s bowling potency, enough to opting to bat first against a batting-heavy opponent. “It’s our first game and we want to bat freely. We have a decent bowling side and later on, they’ll do the job for us,” Kaur said at the toss on Monday.

Supernovas managed 163 in its 20 overs - underwhelming given the opening spurt provided by Deandra Dottin and Priya Punia (50-run opening stand). In hindsight, Kaur was right to prioritise batting, because partnerships were regularly broken, there were one too many miscommunication-related runouts, and a team looking at a 180+ score settled for a par score, courtesy of some damage control by Kaur.

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The bowling meanwhile, despite the reputed names in the lineup, took some time to warm up to the task. Despite the big draws ahead of the game being the spin combo of Alana King and Sophie Ecclestone, Pooja Vastrakar led the onslaught, removing Smriti Mandhana and Hayley Matthews en route to her 4/12.

Deepti Sharma’s Velocity would have been taking notes all through. The side on paper comes across as the most balanced of the three, with the firepower of Kiran Navgire, Laura Wolvaardt, and Shafali Verma and spinners like Aarti Kedar and Maya Sonawane, who finished among the top of the bowling pile in the Senior Women’s T20 Trophy for Maharashtra, in their ranks.

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In Kate Cross and Sneh Rana, the team not only have viable members of the leadership group but also two handy all-rounders alongside skipper Sharma herself. Ayabonga Khaka’s pace is another valued asset and she will hope to be as effective as Vastrakar was to help keep the Supernovas batting quiet.

Three matches (at the most in this tournament for a team) are too few to have constructively discuss batting orders but with the quick outfield and the surface proving easy for batters to get going on, one should not be surprised if the batters, especially the names in the roster for this game, to do all the talking.

- Lavanya Lakshmi Narayanan

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SUPERNOVAS VS VELOCITY Predicted XIs

Supernovas: Deandra Dottin, Priya Punia, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Sune Luus, Harleen Deol, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Sophie Ecclestone, Alana King, Mansi Joshi, Meghna Singh

Velocity:  Shafali Verma, Laura Wolvaardt, Yastika Bhatia (wk), KP Navgire, Natthakan Chantam, Deepti Sharma (c), Sneh Rana, Kate Cross, Ayabonga Khaka, Radha Yadav, Maya Sonawane

 SUPERNOVAS VS VELOCITY Squads

Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Taniya Bhatia, Alana King, Ayushi Soni, Chandu V, Deandra Dottin, Harleen Deol, Meghna Singh, Monica Patel, Muskan Malik, Pooja Vastrakar, Priya Punia, Rashi Kanojia, Sophie Ecclestone, Sune Luus, Mansi Joshi.

Velocity: Deepti Sharma (C), Sneh Rana, Shafali Verma, Ayabonga Khaka, Kiran Navgire, Kate Cross, Keerthi James, Laura Wolvaardt, Maya Sonawane, Natthakan Chantham, Radha Yadav, Aarti Kedar, Shivali Shinde, Simran Bahadur, Yastika Bhatia, Pranavi Chandra

 

WHERE TO WATCH SUPERNOVAS VS VELOCITY, IPL 2022 LIVE?

The Women's T20 Challenge 2022 match between Velocity and Supernovas will be telecast live on the Star Sports network from 3:30pm. You can also follow the game on Disney+ Hotstar.