Sune Luus and Sushma Verma were the main architects of Velocity’s five-wicket victory over Supernovas in the opening match of this year’s Women’s T20 Challenge at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
Luus (37) and Verma (34) were involved in a crucial 51-run stand during their team’s chase of Supernovas’ 126/8. The Mithali Raj-led team reached target with a ball to spare in their innings.
Velocity were dealt with early blows as skipper Raj (7) and Veda Krishnamurthy (29) tried to repair the damage with a brief 21-run stand before Shashikala Siriwardene (1/30) packed back the former in the ninth over.
After they were restricted to 65/4, Sushma and Luus then took control of the proceedings and took their side past the three-digit mark in 16.4 overs.
It seemed the pair would then steer their side home quite comfortably but Poonam Yadav (1/27) bought a twist in the game, sending back a well-settled Sushma in the 19th over with Velocity still 10 runs short of the target.
A couple of boundaries in the final over by Luus ensured Velocity crossed the line with a ball and five wickets to spare.
Earlier, Velocity restricted Supernovas at 126/8 in the allotted 20 overs. Put into bat, Supernovas rode opener Chamari Athapaththu and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s valiant 44 and 31 runs to post a fighting total on board.
Apart from the duo, Shashikala Siriwardene and Priya Punia contributed with 18 and 11 runs.
Veteran spinner Ekta Bisht starred for Velocity after returning with figures of 3/22 while Bangladesh pacer Jahanara Alam and New Zealand’s Leigh Kasparek scalped two wickets each.
Brief scores: Velocity 129/5 wkts in 19.5 overs (Sune Luus 37, Sushma Verma 34; Ayabonga Khaka 2/27) beat Supernovas 126/8 in 20 overs (Chamari Athapaththu 44, Harmanpreet Kaur 31; Ekta Bisht 3/22) by 5 wickets
With IANS inputs