Match Preview – Supernovas vs Velocity, Women’s T20 Challenge 2022, Final

Who’s playing?

Harmanpreet Kaur’s Supernovas, the most successful team in the Women’s T20 Challenge, are looking forward to their third title and will take on the only trophy-less side of the tournament, Velocity, led by Deepti Sharma. The final kicks off at 7:30 PM at the MCA Stadium in Pune.

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

The two sides met four times in as many seasons, with Supernovas leading 3-1. The last time they played a final, Radha Yadav, who is in this year’s Velocity rankings, beat the winning runs for Supernovas in a cliffhanger of a finish in Jaipur. That was in 2019, the year Velocity was added to the league as the third team, with Mithali Raj at the helm.

Under new captain Deepti, Velocity handed Supernovas a seven-wicket defeat on Tuesday. Half-centuries Laura Wolvaardt and Shafali Verma, and strike bowler Kate Cross were the main architects of Velocity’s win in the teams’ most recent meeting. Shafali’s 30-ball fifty, who held the record for fastest in the Women’s T20 Challenge for one match and just over 48 hours, headlined that match. However, it was Harmanpreet who walked away with the Player-of-the-Match accolade for her 71 and two catches.

Shape guide of protagonists

Kiran Navgire: The 27-year-old uncapped Velocity big-hitter announced herself to the world with the first ball she faced. Out went a crackling six, the first of her 10 limits during a 34-ball 69 against Trailblazers. Along the way, she broke Shafali’s record for fastest T20 Challenge-fifty women, by waltzing to the milestone in just 25 balls.

“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.

“This tournament definitely plays a big role for us [because] we don’t get many Commonwealth series [Games T20 starting July 29]she added. ‘Whatever? [chances] we have, I want to give them my 100% so that once the Commonwealth Games start I should be in a good frame of mind.

Pooja Vastrakar: Another standout international Indian in this competition, all-rounder Vastrakar tops the wickets chart with five strikes, including a T20 best of 4 for 12, from two innings. With the bat, she added a 12-ball 14 to No. 7 in Supernovas’ opening win, while also being one of the fastest players on the field.

“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.”

probable XIs

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

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