The 2020 Women’s T20 Challenge is all set to kick start with the 2019 finalists, Harmanpreet Kaur led Supernovas set to take on the Mithali raj led Velocity at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Despite the several obstacles and the pandemic taking over the sporting world. The Indian Premier League 2020 came as a huge relief to the fans all over the World, IPL is one of the most celebrated Global T20 Leagues in the World and has featured 13 editions till date.
In an effort to popularize women’s cricket the Board of Control of Cricket had come up with an initiative to conduct an one- off match between the two teams, namely- Trail Blazers and Supernovas. The 2019 edition saw a change in the format as it was made into a three team round robin and final format. Both the titles have been won by the Supernovas and have proven to be a great force in the last two seasons.
The last time the two sides met was at the 2019 Women’s T20 Challenge where the match went in favor of the Supernovas and further went to claim their 2nd consecutive title. Supernova’s after winning the toss put Velocity to bat first. The Velocity were reduced to 37/5 in the first 8 overs, but a splendid 71 runs stand between Sushma Verma and Amelia Kerr ensured the team reached a decent total of 121. The Velocity did do a wonderful job to check the Supernovas in check throughout the game but a well paced classy fifty by the captain Harmanpreet Kaur ensured the Supernovas went to claim the silverware.
Can the Supernovas continue from where they left? Or will the Velocity seek redemption?
Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
As seen throughout the IPL 2020, the conditions are well in favor of cricket. Clear skies are expected throughout the day with no chance of the weather playing spoilsport. The temperature is expected to be hovering in the range of 27-30 degrees. While the humidity at peak is predicted to reach the 58 percent mark.
The pitch at the beginning of the IPL 2020 was a paradise for the batsmen. But over time has slowed down considerably. Said that, the boundaries are really short at the Sharjah Stadium and that could go in favor of the batswoman. The dew was seen playing a vital role in the last game played between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. For that the due is once again expected to play a vital role in this encounter.
The Supernovas have not reported any injuries and all the players seem to fit to go. While the Velocity were struck a huge blow as their key bowler- Mansi Joshi has been ruled out of the tournament after being tested positive for Covid-19.
Probable Playing Xl
Supernovas: Priya Punia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Chamari Attapattu, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Anuja Patil, Shashikala Siriwardene, Taniya Bhatia(wk), Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Shakera Selman, Ayobonga Khaka
Velocity: Danielle Wyatt, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mithali Raj(c), Shefali Verma, Shikha Pandey, Leigh Kasperek, Sune Luus, Sushma Verma(wk),Ekta Bisht, Jahanara Alam, Angha Murali
Supernovas vs Velocity Fantasy Team
Taniya Bhatia, Sushma Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shefali Verma, Danielle Wyatt, Chamari Attapattu, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Leigh Kasperek
Captain Picks: Danielle Wyatt (Velocity), Harmanpreet Kaur (Supernovas)
Vice- Captain Picks: Chamara Attapattu (Supernovas), Shikha Pandey (Velocity)
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