The Supernovas will clash with Velocity in the final round-robin match of the Women’s T20 Challenge in what could very well be a dress rehearsal for the Final.
Velocity is currently top of the three-team table with one win and a net run rate of 0.678. If the Supernovas, who are winless and have a NRR of -0.100, prevail in this match, they will displace the Trailblazers from the second position.
The Supernovas lost to the Trailblazers on the opening day; they finished 3 runs short in pursuit of their target of 141.Apart from India’s T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur, the Supernovas have plenty of exciting talent in their squad in the form of Jemimah Rodrigues, Sophie Devine and Natalie Sciver.
Velocity were in line to register a comprehensive win over the Trailblazers on Wednesday afternoon; instead, there was a dramatic collapse late in the innings – when they lost five wickets without adding a run – and barely got across the line. The young opener Shafali Verma was impressive in the previous match and will be expected to see the team off to a brisk start yet again, while the captain Mithali Raj, Danielle Wyatt and Veda Krishnamurthy are the others who will be expected to make substantial contributions with the bat in the middle-order.
Velocity have a dependable wicket-taker in Shikha Pandey, while Ekta Bisht – who has an economy rate of 5.30 in T20Is – can be expected to keep things quiet in the middle period.
Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (wk)
Overseas players: Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Natalie Sciver (England), Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka), Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand)
Coach: WV Raman
Velocity: Mithali Raj (c), Devika Vaidya, Ekta Bisht, Komal Zhanzad, Shafali Verma, Shikha Pandey, Sushma Verma (wk), Sushree Dibyadarshini, Veda Krishnamurthy.
Overseas Players: Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Danielle Wyatt (England), Hayley Matthews (West Indies), JahanaraAlam (Bangladesh)
Coach: Mamta Maben
9 May 2019, 7.30 pm IST
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
The match will be telecast on Star Sports Network in both standard as well as HD format and the fans on the move can catch the live action on the Star Sports’ live streaming platform Hotstar and Jio TV.