Jemimah stamps her class in Women's T20 Challenge

Jemimah Rodrigues' unbeaten 77 off 48 balls helped Supernovas defeat Velocity by 12 runs in the last match of the league stage at the Women's T20 Challenge.

Jemimah Rodrigues at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Thursday.   -  V. V. Krishnan

Jemimah Rodrigues was a delight to watch on Thursday night. The young batter timed and placed the white ball so well that there was hardly much the fielders could do.

Her unbeaten 77 off 48 balls helped Supernovas defeat Velocity by 12 runs in the last match of the league stage at the Women's T20 Challenge. Jemimah was delighted to guide her team to Saturday’s final.

The youngster said it was one of the best knocks of her career yet. “It was also one of the memorable ones because the wicket actually wasn’t easy to bat on,” she said. “I tried to do what our coach W.V. Raman told me: ‘Don't try to hit the ball too hard, just hit it through the line and focus on impact of the ball.’ I kept things simple actually.”

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She was happy to play that innings before an excellent crowd. “The crowd over here was really amazing,” she said. “You get really pumped up. I really love playing at Jaipur.”

She said the innings gave her a lot of confidence going into the final and after. “We are preparing for the World Cup too,” she said. “I hope to continue the same in the finals.”

“We have hardly been playing under the lights,” she said.

"Even the matches that we had -- in New Zealand or in the England series at home – were played in the day.  I think the more we play matches under the lights in domestic the more we'll develop.”