On Sunday, the Women’s T20 challenge came to a dramatic close with the finals between Team Supernovas and Team Velocity. The Women’s T20 Challenge, being held in India, was a tournament involving three teams. Aside from the Supernovas and Velocity, the final team was the Trailblazers. Velocity were put in to bat first, but got off to a very sluggish start. This was because wickets were tumbling, left, right and center, until Sushma Verma and Amelia Kerr came to the rescue.
While Amelia Kerr would later be dismissed for 36, off the bowling of Poonam Yadav, Verma remained unbeaten. In the end, Team Velocity could only muster 121 for the loss of 6 wickets. However, when it was the Supernovas’ turn to bat, that was when things got interesting.
Kerr got her revenge on Supernovas skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur, who had a hand in her dismissal. However, it was seemingly too little, too late, as Kaur smashed 51 runs before her wicket fell.
Kaur’s dismissal occurred during Kerr’s second ball, and a massive threat was removed. Unfortunately, the match progression was such that, the Supernovas needed one run to win from Kerr’s final delivery. With that in mind, striker, Radha Yadav, smashed it away for four runs and a victory.
In the end, Amelia Kerr ended her Supernovas vs Velocity match, with figures of 2 wickets for 29 runs in four overs. For the triumphant Supernovas, Lea Tahuhu snatched two wickets and gave away 21 runs, so she was a key player in the game.
Her compatriot, Sophie Devine racked up a single wicket off 19 runs, but struggled with the bat. As a result, Harmanpreet Kaur had to go on a rescue mission and see out the match herself, until Amelia Kerr took her wicket.
Interestingly, three notable faces were missing from the foreign players, Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy. Apparently, the BCCI and Cricket Australia were not on the best of terms, in the wake of a scheduling conflict of a men’s ODI series in January.