Women’s T20 Challenge Final: Dottin blazes to 62 but Deepti heroics helps Velocity restrict Supernovas to 165/7

Women’s T20 Challenge Final: 2-time champion Supernovas rode on stunning knocks from Deandra Dottin and captain Harmanpreet Kaur to post 165 in 20 overs against Velocity in the summit clash on Saturday.

Women’s T20 Challenge Final: Dottin’s blazing 68 gives Supernovas 165 against Velocity (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Supernovas posted 165/7 in 20 overs in the final on Saturday
  • Deandra Dottin top-scored for Supernovas while captain Harmanpreet hit a quickfire 43
  • Deepti Sharma picked up 2 wickets in her 4-over spell

Two-time champions Supernovas were restricted to 165 for 7 in 20 overs against Velocity in the final of the Women’s T20 Challenge 2022 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.

In front of a sizeable crowd, West Indies big-hitter Deandra Dottin went berserk in the powerplay after Deepti Sharma won the toss and Velocity opted to bowl. Dottin dealt in sixes as she 4 of them, huge ones in a 73-run opening stand with Priya Punia.

While Deepti kept it tight in her opening spell, it was Punia who took the attack to Kate Cross to open the floodgates for the Supernovas. Dottin then attacked Sneh Rana in the final over of the powerplay in which the Supernovas hit 46 for 0.

However, Simran Bahadhur got the opening wicket for Velocity, ending a fine knock from Punia (28 off 29) in the 10th over.

“The gameplan was to spend as much time at the crease as possible, survive the first six overs. Having a slow start is not always bad. Can’t have a fast start all the time. That was basically the plan,” Dottin told Star Sports.

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Captain Harmanrpeet Kaur walked in at No. 3 and went big from the world go. The India batter, who hit peak form towards the end of the World Cup earlier this year, smashed 43 from just 29 balls, hitting as many as 3 sixes and a boundary.

Harmanpreet was severe against left-arm spinner Radha Yadav by bringing out her trademark slog sweeps.

However, Deepti Sharma led the Velocity fightback by castling Dottin in the 15th over for 62. Kate Cross then got the big wicket of Harmanpreet for 43 in the 17th over following which the Supernovas innings went southwards.

Supernovas went from 148 for 4 in 17.3 overs to finish with 165/7 in 20 overs.

For Velocity, Deepti was the pick of the bowling attack with figures of 2/20 while Bahadur and Cross picked up 2 wickets each. Despite not being at their best on the field, Velocity managed to pull things back nicely in the second half of the first innings.

Velocity are eyeing their first title under new captain Deepti while Supernovas are eyeing their third crown in the 4-year history of the T20 tournament.

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