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Supernovas vs Velocity, WT20 Challenge Final: Dottin leads Supernovas to title in a nail-biting finish

Supernovas held their nerves to beat Velocity by four runs to claim the Women's T20 Challenge trophy on Saturday night.

At the MCA Stadium in Pune, Supernovas after being asked to bat posted 165 for seven in their 20 overs and in their response Velocity finished on 161 for eight in their 20 overs.

Supernovas got off to a fine start as their openers Priya Punia (28) and Deandra Dottin added 73. Then Dottin added a further 58 runs for the second wicket with captain Harmanpreet Kaur. After Dottin fell for 62 off 44 balls with one boundary and four sixes, Kaur was dismissed for 43 off 29 balls. There was a collapse as Supernovas slipped from 131 for one to 149 for five. Towards the end Supernovas did not finish on a high as they finished on 165 for seven in their 20 overs. For Velocity, the best bowlers were Kate Cross (2-29), captain Deepti Sharma (2-20) and Simran Bahadur (2-30).

The chase for Velocity slipped to 38 for three. Then Laura Wolvaardt took charge of the chase. But Velocity was struggling at 64 for five. That's when Wolvaardt joined forces with Sneh Rana (15). Together the pair put on 40 runs for the sixth wicket. After Rana's dismissal, Cross used the long handle for a fit. Towards the end, Simran added a brisk 44 runs for the ninth wicket as the chase was revived with Wolvaardt. Velocity almost pulled it off but for a bit of bad luck as they lost by four runs. Velocity finished on 161 for eight in their 20 overs. For Supernovas the best bowlers were Sophie Ecclestone (2-28) and Deandra Dottin (2-28). 

Match Summary
Supernovas: 165-7 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-73 (Priya Punia-9.3 ov), 2-131 (Deandra Dottin-14.6 ov), 3-144 (Pooja Vastrakar-16.4 ov), 4-148 (Harmanpreet Kaur-17.3 ov), 5-149 (Sophie Ecclestone-17.5 ov), 6-155 (Sune Luus-18.6 ov), 7-165 (Harleen Deol-19.6 ov)

Velocity: 161-8 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Shafali Verma-2.1 ov), 2-36 (Yastika Bhatia-3.3 ov), 3-38 (Kiran Prabhu Navgire-5.4 ov), 4-58 (Natthakan Chantham-8.6 ov), 5-64 (Deepti Sharma-10.6 ov), 6-104 (Sneh Rana, 15.3 ov), 7-104 (Radha Yadav, 15.4 ov), 8-117 (Kate Cross, 16.5 ov)

Result: Supernovas won by four runs 


Playing XI
Supernovas: Priya Punia, Deandra Dottin, Harleen Deol, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Pooja Vastrakar, Sune Luus, Sophie Ecclestone, Alana King, Mansi Joshi, Rashi Kanojia

Velocity: Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Laura Wolvaardt, Kiran Navgire, Deepti Sharma (captain), Sneh Rana, Radha Yadav, Simran Bahadur, Kate Cross, Natthakan Chantham, Ayabonga Khaka

Match Details
Toss: Velocity won the toss, elected to field
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Start time: 1500 hrs GMT
Match officials: N Janani, Vrinda Rathi (On-field Umpires); Saiyed Khalid (TV Umpire); Gayathrii Venugopal (Reserve Umpire); GS Lakshmi (Match-referee)

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