The first match of the Women’s T20 Challenge saw Mithali Raj led Velocity defeat Supernovas by 5 wickets on Wednesday.
Given a target of 127 runs, middle-order batters Sushma Verma and Sune Luus played calculative innings and led the side to a final over win at Sharjah.
Sune Luus even became the player of the match for her unbeaten 37 studded with four precious boundaries and one six. She stitched 51 run partnership with wicketkeeper Sushma Verma and stabilized the innings after a dreadful start to chase.
Put into bat, Harmanpreet Kaur led side managed a total of 126/8 after 20 overs on the board and Chamari Athapathu top-scoring with 44 runs. Skipper Harmanpreet carried on with the momentum by accumulating 31 runs in the team total.
Ekata Bisht was the pick among the bowlers with 3/22, while Jahanara Alam and Kasperek scalped two wickets each for Velocity.
During Velocity’s chase, Ayabonga Khaka broke into their batting lineup by rattling both the openers Danielle Wyatt and Shafali Verma cheaply.
Skipper Mithali Raj looked rusty and got out on 7 runs off 19 balls, which later Sushma Verma and Sune Luus compensating by taking the side home. \
Velocity will now take on Trailblazers for their second match-up of the tournament on November 5 at Sharjah Cricket Ground.