Shafali: Shafali show, supernovas of poor strains | Pune News

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Pune: Shafali Verma (51 out of 33, 9x4s, 1×6) would have made a certain Virender Sehwag proud. Her breakthrough feats at the top – blending timing, touch, power, hand-eye coordination and confident footwork – were the deciding factor between Velocity and Supernovas as the former humiliated the Harmanpreet Kaur girls by seven wickets and eight balls to spare among women. T20 challenge here on Tuesday.
While Supernovas finished their championship campaign with a win and a loss, Thursday’s matchup between Velocity and Trailblazers (who lost to Supernova on Monday) will decide the two finalists. All three teams are still in contention with the possibility of the net run rate coming into play if the Trailblazers win on Thursday. Shafali, who announced his arrival on this T20 Challenge platform at the age of 15 in Jaipur three years ago, took off in style. Using the restriction of the field in overs on the power play, she gave a clean and effortless striking display. His shot ensured that the 151 goal never got too stiff for Velocity.
Shafali, 18, hit the fastest 50 ever in the T20 Challenge (30 balls) and showed why she is a sought-after player: the Haryana hitter plays for Sydney and Birmingham in Big Bash and The Hundred, respectively. Fly-half Shafali had also scored 96 and 63 (subsequently) on his Test debut for Bristol in England last June.
An outfielder (Dottin lost a chance) and a DRS (lbw knockdown) had come to Shefali’s rescue earlier. Harmanpreet’s flying catch to dismiss Shafali erased all the sins of the majority of outfielders on either side who put on an ordinary display of catching and grounding. The Indian captain of limited overs dove to his left and took a blinder from the small third man with one hand. Other game highlights included Harmanpreet’s batting display (71 of 51, 7×4, 3×6) and an undefeated 71-point clinical partnership between captain Deepti Sharma (24 of 25) and South African Laura Wolvaardt (51 on 35, 7×4, 1×6).
Supernova were 29-3 in the first six overs, thanks to a few soft dismissals (including the failure of West Indies star batsman Deandra Dotting) and an effective spell from England peacemaker Kate Cross (2-24 ). By comparison, Velocity was 60-1 after power play overs.
Short scores: Supernovas 150-5 (Taniya Bhatia 36, ​​Harmanpreet 71, Sune Luus 20*; Kate Cross 2-24, Deepti Sharma 1-31, Radha Yadav 1-22, Sneh Rana 0-25) lost to Velocity 151 -3 in 18.2 (Shafali Verma 51, Laura Wolvhaardt 51*, Deepti Sharma 24*, Pooja Vastrakar 1-27, Alana King 0-20, Deandra Dottin 2-21).
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