For the third successive year, Supernovas made it to finals of Women’ T20 Challenge on Saturday. Riding on a quick-fire half-century from Sri Lankan player Chamari Athapaththu, Supernovas beat Trailblazers by 2-runs to clinch the final berth from Velocity on the basis of net run-rate.
In a must win game, Supernovas elected to bat. While Athapaththu was aggressive right from the first ball, Priya Punia started slowly before changing gears. Both Athapaththu and Punia put up 89 runs partnership in 12 overs before skipper Harmanpreet Kaur added 31 off 29 to take the team to 146 for 6.
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In reply, Trailblazers started strong with D Dottin and Smriti Mandhana taking the control. A couple of quick wickets, though, dented their progress, Deepti Sharma (43 off 40 balls) and Harleen Deol (27 off 15 balls) set up the foundation for a close chase. With 10 runs required off the last over, left-arm spinner Radha Yadav (2/30) managed to defend 10 runs to hand Supernovas a 2-run win.
After the match Supernova’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur heaped praises on the bowlers for drying up runs in middle overs. “It was very close. Hats off to our bowlers, they soaked in the pressure and bowled to their fields. Every game you play, you want to win. With the start we got, we were looking at least 160 but we knew that the ball was turning and our spinners will come into play. Both left handers were batting and that’s why we went for the off-spinner (on why Poonam Yadav didn’t bowl). Today there was not much dew. We will try our best and with this win the confidence is high,” said Harmanpreet in post-match conference.
Supernovas will face the same team in Monday’s final, where they will look to repeat today’s performance.
— Simran (@CowCorner9) November 8, 2020