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WT20 Challenge: Luus leads Velocity to opening win

Sune Luus and Shikha Pandey celebrate
Sune Luus and Shikha Pandey celebrate

Velocity began their campaign in the Women's T20 Challenge with a confident five wicket win over Supernovas in the opening match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday night.

Asked to bat, Supernovas posted 126 for eight in their 20 overs. Opener Chamari Atapattu was the top-scorer for the side making 44 off 39 balls with two boundaries and two sixes. The other key contributor for Supernovas was captain Harmanpreet Kaur who made 31 off 27 balls with a boundary and two sixes. Shashikala Siriwardene made a useful 18 off 21 balls wuth a boundary. The best bowler for Velocity was Ekta Bisht (3-22). The other bowlers of note were Jahanara Alam (2-27) and Leigh Kasperek (2-23).

The chase for Velocity started off on the wrong note. They slipped to 38 for three. Thereafter useful contributions from Shafali Varma (17) and Veda Krishnamurthy (29) revived the chase. Then it was down to a match-winning 51 run fifth wicket stand between Sushma Verma (34: 33b, 2x6) and Sune Luus (37 n.o.: 21b, 4x4, 1x6) to complete chase. Velocity chased down the target with a ball to spare. Velocity finished on 129 for five in 19.5 overs. The best bowler for Supernovas was Ayabonga Khaka (2-27).

Match Summary - Supernovas v Velocity, 1st Match, Women's T20 Challenge

Supernovas 126-8 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Priya Punia-5.2 ov), 2-42 (Jemimah Rodrigues-7.4 ov), 3-89 (Chamari Atapattu-13.1 ov), 4-111 (Harmanpreet Kaur-16.4 ov), 5-117 (Pooja Vastrakar-17.3 ov), 6-120 (Shashikala Siriwardene-18.5 ov), 7-126 (Radha Yadav-19.5 ov), 8-126 (Shakera Selman-19.6 ov)

Velocity 129-5 (19.5)
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Danni Wyatt-0.5 ov), 2-17 (Shafali Verma-2.6 ov), 3-38 (Mithali Raj-8.3 ov), 4-65 (Veda Krishnamurthy-12.6 ov), 5-116 (Sushma Verma-18.5 ov)

Result - Velocity won by five wickets


Playing XIs

Supernovas: Priya Punia, Chamari Atapattu, Jemimah Rodrigues (vice-captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Shashikala Siriwardene, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Shakera Selman 11 Ayabonga Khaka

Velocity: Shafali Verma, Mithali Raj (captain), Danielle Wyatt, Veda Krishnamurthy (vice-captain), Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Sune Luus, Manali Dakshini, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Leigh Kasperek, Jahanara Alam

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