Harmanpreet eyes third Women’s T20 Challenge title, Deepti eyes her first

Who’re enjoying?

Harmanpreet Kaur’s Supernovas, probably the most profitable workforce within the Ladies’s T20 Problem, are eyeing their third title as they tackle the event’s solely facet with no trophy, Velocity, who’re led by Deepti Sharma. The ultimate begins at 7.30pm on the MCA Stadium in Pune.

What’s at stake?

An opportunity to take dwelling silverware that could be up for grabs for the final time, if the BCCI’s plans, albeit solely at a preliminary stage, of launching a Ladies’s IPL as early as subsequent March involves fruition.

Each Harmanpreet and Deepti, due to this fact, can be eager on including a ultimate flourish to their groups’ campaigns which kicked off with them successful their respective season openers however slumping to a defeat of their subsequent look.

Face to face

The 2 sides have met 4 occasions in as many seasons, with Supernovas holding a 3-1 benefit. The final time they performed a ultimate, Radha Yadav, who’s within the Velocity ranks this yr, smashed the successful runs for Supernovas in a cliffhanger of a end in Jaipur. That was in 2019, the yr Velocity was added because the third workforce to the competitors, with Mithali Raj on the helm.

Beneath new captain Deepti, Velocity handed Supernovas a seven-wicket defeat on Tuesday. Half-centurions Laura Wolvaardt and Shafali Verma, and strike bowler Kate Cross have been the chief architects of Velocity’s win within the groups’ most-recent encounter. Shafali’s 30-ball fifty, which held the document because the quickest within the Ladies’s T20 Problem for all of 1 recreation and a bit over 48 hours, headlined that fixture. It was Harmanpreet, although, who had walked away with the Participant-of-the-Match honours for her 71 and two catches.

Kind information of key gamers

Kiran Navgire: The 27-year-old uncapped Velocity big-hitter introduced herself to the world with the primary ball she confronted. Off went a crackling six, the primary of her 10 boundaries throughout a 34-ball 69 towards Trailblazers. Alongside the way in which, she broke Shafali’s document for the quickest Ladies’s T20 Problem fifty, waltzing to the milestone in simply 25 balls.

“Everyone loved her innings,” Harmanpreet stated on the eve of the ultimate. “The primary ball she confronted confirmed the type of participant she is and the way useful she may be [for the teams she plays for] sooner or later. The momentum Velocity bought by way of her innings was excellent. It was actually pleasant to see somebody from India hit the ball into the stands. I’m actually hoping for a fantastic future for her.”

Harmanpreet Kaur: Averaging 54 with a chart-topping 108 runs from two innings, Harmanpreet is the shape batter of the event. She adopted up her 37 within the opening recreation with a gritty 71 and she or he has lived as much as her repute as a gun fielder, taking blinders and haring throughout the boundary to avoid wasting runs.

“For those who carry out in these video games, you may carry plenty of confidence with you forward. I’m glad that no matter I’m making an attempt, I’m able to do this and making an attempt to assist my team-mates additionally,” Harmanpreet, the India T20I captain, stated.

“This event undoubtedly performs a giant function for us [because] we’re not getting many collection earlier than the Commonwealth [Games T20 starting July 29],” she added. “No matter [chances] we’ve, I need to give them my 100%, so that after the Commonwealth Video games begin, I ought to be in a great state of mind.

Pooja Vastrakar: One other standout India worldwide on this competitors, pace-bowling allrounder Vastrakar is positioned atop the wickets chart with 5 strikes, together with a T20 better of 4 for 12, from two innings. With the bat, she added a 12-ball 14 at No. 7 in Supernovas’ opening win whereas additionally being one of many quickest movers within the area all by way of.

“The way in which she carried out within the World Cup and particularly in these two video games was excellent to look at,” Harmanpreet stated. “She is somebody who’s now arising with the concepts; you needn’t spoon-feed her and she or he’s bowling the way in which she desires to bowl. You want a participant like her who can learn the sport very nicely … The way in which she is taking the accountability – that is how I count on the opposite gamers to do their job. She is heading in the right direction.”

Seemingly 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, 11 Meghna Singh

Different squad members: V Chandu, Mansi Joshi, Ayushi Soni, Monica Patel, Muskan Malik

Velocity: 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*

Different squad members: Maya Sonawane, Aarti Kedar, Shivali Shinde, Pranavi Chandra, Keerthi James

NOTE: * denotes abroad participant

What to sit up for

Ecclestone and King spinning an internet: The 2 Supernovas spinners have picked up solely two wickets apiece to this point. Nonetheless, their skill to interrupt partnerships and examine the run-flow at essential phases has performed a component in Supernovas’ run to the ultimate.

How left-arm spinner Ecclestone fares towards Velocity’s left-hand batters Yastika Bhatia and Deepti is value maintaining a tally of. As for wristspinner King, who examined Shafali in patches on Tuesday, her face-off with the opposite power-hitter, Navgire, may very well be simply as riveting.

Improved fielding from Velocity?: 4 dropped catches off easy possibilities towards Trailblazers almost derailed their marketing campaign. Sneh Rana, Radha Yadav, and Ayabonga Khaka have been the responsible events in that recreation and there have been slip-ups in floor fielding, too.

Against this, Supernovas have been a much less iffy fielding facet, although Deandra Dottin uncharacteristically shelling a catch, of Shafali, at level did contribute to their loss to Velocity. Beneath lights, and in blustery situations on the MCA Stadium, the workforce that holds on to their catches may finally be the one which will get their fingers on the trophy.

Annesha Ghosh is a contract sports activities journalist. @ghosh_annesha

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