Women’s T20 Challenge Final Highlights: Supernovas beat Velocity by four wickets
IPL 2019 Women’s T20 Final As It Happened, Supernovas vs Velocity: Catch all the highlights from the Women’s T20 final between Supernovas and Velocity.
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Highlights: Captain Harmanpreet Kaur struck a sensational half century as Supernovas clinched the Women’s T20 Challenge title with a four-wicket win over Velocity in a dramatic summit clash in Jaipur on Saturday. Kaur (51) produced a late onslaught on the Velocity bowlers after the Supernovas made a heavy weather of a small chase of 122. The Supernovas overhauled the target off the last delivery of the run chase, reaching 125 for 6 from 20 overs.
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Supernovas beat Velocity by four wickets
The Supernovas needed 7 runs from 4 balls to win the match after the departure of Harmanpreet Kaur. Radha Yadav held her nerve and she played a brilliant innings of 10 runs from 4 balls to help the Supernovas win the match off the last ball of the match. When the Supernovas needed one run off the last ball, Radha struck a boundary to take her team to a four-wicket win.
Harmanpreet departs for 51 in the last over
Harmanpreet goes for a big shot, but she presents a catch to Hayley Matthews. The Velocity player takes a spectacular catch. The Velocity is going to win this match from the jaws of defeat.
Harmanpreet scores fifty
Harmanpreet Kaur brings up a half-century off 34 balls as the Supernovas need seven runs from seven balls to win.
Harmanpreet single-handedly takes Supernovas close to victory
Harmanpreet is playing a brilliant innings at the moment. She slams Devika for two sixes as the Supernovas need 17 runs from 14 balls to win.
Alam strikes again!
Alam setting the stage on fire at the moment. She bowls Devine out for three runs as the Supernovas lose their fifth wicket. The Velocity team is in complete control now.
Jahanara Alam bowls Natalie Sciver out
Jahanara Alam gets a big wicket for the Velocity team. She bowls Natalie Sciver out for just two runs as the Supernovas are reduced to 59/4 in 12 overs.
Devika dismisses Punia
Punia steps down the pitch and misses a delivery from Devika completely. The wicket-keeper Verma takes off the bails on time as Punia departs for 29 runs.
Rodrigues departs for 22 runs
Rodrigues hits the ball straight to the bowler and Kerr takes a brilliant return catch to dismiss the Supernovas batter for 22 runs. Supernovas: 53/2 in 10 overs.
Supernovas reach 48/1 in 9 overs
Devika bowls a brilliant over to pull things back for the Velocity team. She concedes just two runs as the Supernovas move to 48/1 in 9 overs.
Rodrigues and Punia power Supernovas on
Rodrigues and Punia have strung a sensible 25-run partnership so far. Both batters are looking good in the middle and are striking boundaries with ease. Supernovas need 84 runs from 80 balls to win.
Athapaththu departs for two runs
Ekta Bisht effects a brilliant throw to run Chamari Athapaththu out for 2 runs. The Velocity team has got off to a good start. Supernovas: 9/1 in 2 overs.
Punia and Athapaththu start cautiously
Punia and Athapaththu have started cautiously for the Supernovas. They take just two runs from the first over.
Velocity post 121/6 in 20 overs
Sushma Verma smashes Natalie Sciver for a six in the last over as Velocity post 121/6 in 20 overs. The Velocity team has done well to post a defendable total after being reduced to 37/5 at one stage. Verman remains unbeaten on 40 runs from 32 balls.
Kerr departs for 36 runs
Kerr presents a catch to Harmanpreet and departs for 36 runs. She has played a splendid innings and has brought Velocity back into the contest. Velocity: 108/6 in 18.3 overs.
Velocity reach 100/5 in 17 overs
Kerr and Verma have strung a brilliant partnership of 63 runs to take Velocity to 100/5 in 17 overs. If they can add 20-25 runs in the next three overs, the Velocity will have a defendable total.
Kerr smashes Radha for a boundary
Kerr is playing a gem of an innings for the Velocity team here. After being reduced to 37/5, Kerr took her time to read the conditions and now she is slamming deliveries for boundaries. Velocity: 83/5 in 14.5 overs.
Velocity reach 53/5 in 11 overs
Verma and Kerr are just looking to play out the rest of the nine overs from here. They are not trying to go for the big shots and are happy with singles at the moment.
Mithali Raj goes for 12 runs
The Supernovas are all over the Velocity team at the moment. Mithali goes for a big shot and presents a catch to Devine and gets out for 12 runs. Velocity: 37/5 in 8 overs.
Krishnamurthy gets out stumped
Krishnamurthy misjudges a delivery from Devine and steps out of the crease as Bhatia takes off the bails in time. Krishnamurthy goes for 8 runs.
Shafali Verma departs for 11 runs
Shafali Verma looked good with two boundaries, but then presented a catch off Lea Tahuhu’s bowling in the third over. Anuja Patil catches the ball and quickly gets rid of it. The umpires rule it out as Verma departs for 11 runs.
Wyatt goes for a duck
Big wicket for Supernovas! Wyatt skips down the track and misses the delivery from Anuja. Bhatia takes off the bails and Wyatt goes for a duck. Velocity: 2/2 in 1.3 overs.
Tahuhu dismisses Matthews in the first over
Tahuhu induces a nick from Matthews and dismisses her in the second ball of the first over. The fast bowler gets the Suprnovas off to a start with a wicket maiden.
Velocity: Shafali Verma, Hayley Matthews, Danielle Wyatt, Mithali Raj (c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Sushma Verma (wk), Shikha Pandey, Jahanara Alam, Amelia Kerr, Devika Vaidya, Ekta Bisht
Supernovas: Priya Punia, Chamari Athapaththu, Jemimah Rodrigues, Sophie Devine, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Natalie Sciver, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Lea Tahuhu, Anuja Patil, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav
Supernovas have won the toss and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has elected to bowl first. Velocity captain Mithali Raj reveals during the toss that they were also looking to bowl first. One change for Velocity while Supernovas have gone with the same side.
Supernovas: Priya Punia, Chamari Athapaththu, Jemimah Rodrigues, Sophie Devine, Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Natalie Sciver, Lea Tahuthu, Taniya Bhatia, Anuja Patil, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav
Velocity: Hayley Matthews, Shafali Verma, Danielle Wyatt, Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Shikha Pandey, Jahanara Alam, Sushma Verma, Amelia Kerr, Komal Zanzad, Ekta Bisht
Veda defends team’s strategy
“In the previous game, we made a lapse by losing a heap of wickets because we were in a rush to close out the chase. So our initial aim on Thursday was to qualify for the final because we had a certain target 117 to get. So, we were asked to play accordingly. And when we got close to that target is actually when we tried to go for our shots,” Veda told reporters after the end of the match against Supernovas
Velocity got through on NRR
Velocity’s decision to play according to the net run-rate sparked off a debate on whether the team should be playing for winning or for the net run-rate. Velocity ended up losing the match against Supernovas by 12 runs but sneaked through into the final on the basis of NRR.
Trailblazers had beaten Supernovas by 2 runs in the opening match on Monday while Velocity had defeated Trailblazers by three wickets on Wednesday. All three teams where on 2 points at the end of the league stage but Smriti Mandhana’s team crashed out on the basis of poor NRR.
Last match between two teams
Sent into bat in their must-win match, the Supernovas scored 142 for 3, thanks to 18-year-old Rodrigues’ 48-ball 77 not out and then restricted Velocity to 130 for 3 to win the final round-robin league match of the tournament. After Thursday’s result, all the three teams ended on two points each after one win by each side but Velocity and Supernovas ended with plus 0.25 and plus 0.045 net runs rates respectively while the Trailblazers secured minus 0.305.
Road to final
Teenager Jemimah Rodrigues struck an unbeaten 77 to help Supernovas beat Velocity by 12 runs in the third match of the series and enter the final of the Women’s T20 Challenge on Thursday. The third team, Trailblazers, who also secured the same two points as Velocity and Supernova, finished third on the basis of net run rate.
Hello and welcome
A very warm welcome to the live blog of the Women’s T20 challenge final between Supernovas and Velocity in Jaipur. Supernovas are being led by star Indian batsman Harmanpreet Kaur while one of the most decorated cricketers in the world, Mithali Raj, will be leading Velocity in the title decider.