What’s at stake?
An opportunity to take home silverware that may be up for grabs for the last time, if the BCCI’s plans, albeit only in the preliminary stages, to launch an IPL for women as early as March next year materialize .
Both Harmanpreet and Deepti would therefore like to give a final flourish to their teams’ campaigns, which started by winning their respective season openers but slumped to defeat on their next appearance.
head to head
Shape guide of protagonists
“Everyone enjoyed their turns,” Harmanpreet said on the eve of the final. “The first ball she encountered showed what kind of player she is and how useful she can be.” [for the teams she plays for] in the future. The momentum Velocity gained through its innings was excellent. It was really lovely to see someone from India hit the ball into the stands. I really hope for a bright future for her.”
Harmanpreet Kaur: Averaging 54 with a top score of 108 runs from two innings, Harmanpreet is the batter of the tournament. Following up on her 37 in the opening game with a rough 71, she’s lived up to her reputation as a cannon field star, taking blinders and herring across the border to save points.
“When you perform in these games, you can carry a lot of confidence with you. I’m happy that whatever I try, I’m able to do that and also try to help my teammates,” said Harmanpreet, the captain of the T20I from India. , said.
“The way she performed during the World Cup and especially in these two games was amazing to see,” said Harmanpreet. “She’s someone who comes up with the ideas now; you don’t have to spoon feed her and she bowls the way she wants to bowl. You need a player like her who can read the game very well… The way she takes the responsibility – that’s how I expect the other players to do their job. She’s on the right track.”
Supernovas: 1 Priya Punia, 2 Deandra Dottin*, 3 Harleen Deol, 4 Taniya Bhatia (vice-capt), 5 Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), 6 Sune Luus*, 7 Pooja Vastrakar, 8 Sophie Ecclestone*, 9 Alana King*, 10 Rashi Kanojia, Meghna Singh 11
Other team members: V Chandu, Mansi Joshi, Ayushi Soni, Monica Patel, Muskan Malik
Speed: 1 Shafali Verma, 2. Yastika Bhatia, 3. Kiran Navgire, 4. Laura Wolvaardt*, 5. Deepti Sharma (capt), 6. Sneh Rana (vice-capt), 7. Natthakan Chantham*, 8. Radha Yadav, 9. Simran Bahadur, 10. Kate Cross*, 11. Ayabonga Khaka*
Other team members: Maya Sonawane, Aarti Kedar, Shivali Shinde, Pranavi Chandra, Keerthi James
NOTE: * stands for foreign player
What to look forward to
Ecclestone and King spin a web: The two Supernova spinners have only received two wickets each so far. Still, their ability to break partnerships and control run-flow in crucial phases played a part in Supernova’s build-up to the finals.
How left-arm spinner Ecclestone stacks up against Velocity’s left-handed batters Yastika Bhatia and Deepti is worth keeping an eye on. As for wrist spinner King, who tested Shafali in patches on Tuesday, her showdown against the other power-hitter, Navgire, could be just as riveting.
Improved Velocity fielding?: Four missed catches of easy chances against Trailblazers nearly derailed their campaign. Sneh Rana, Radha Yadav and Ayabonga Khaka were the culprits in that game and there were fouls in the ground field as well.
In contrast, Supernovas were a less dubious fielding match, although Deandra Dottin’s unusual firing of a catch from Shafali did at one point contribute to their loss to Velocity. Under light and stormy conditions at the MCA Stadium, the team holding their catches could end up being the one to get their hands on the trophy.
Annesha Ghosh is a freelance sports journalist. @ghosh_annesha