Women’s T20 Challenge: Trailblazers beat Velocity by 16 points but plummet on net run rate | Cricket News


PUNE: Velocity suffered a 16-point loss in the Women’s T20 Challenge but still qualified for the final on a better net rate, knocking out winners Trailblazers from the tournament here on Thursday.
Velocity will take on Supernovas in the Summit Clash on Saturday.
Guests at bat, Sabbhineni Meghana and Jemimah Ridrigues smashed sparkling fiftys to help the defending champions post a whopping 190 for five, the highest total in tournament history.
But they needed to limit Velocity to 159 to become the second team to qualify for the finals, but it wasn’t to be because Kiran Navgire had other ideas.

The 27-year-old versatile player from Maharashtra lit up the night sky with five fours and as many sixes on the way to her 69 from 34 to take Velocity to the 150 mark and close to the final.

The Trailblazers bowlers, led by Poonam Yadav (2/33) and Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2/44), eventually managed to limit the speed to 174 for nine to also open their account, but they would regret their heavy loss of 49 points against Supernovas in the opening game.
Trailblazers (-0.825), Supernovas (+0.912) and Velocity (-0.022) finished with two points each, but the top two teams qualified for the finals because they had a better net run rate than the defending champions.
Velocity broke the 159-point mark in 19th to advance to the Finals. Setting a firm target of 191 to win, Navgire, playing his first season in the big league, displayed a steely temper as he anchored the chase beautifully, adding 55 balls from 31 with Laura Wolvaardt (17) then s is hooked to the other end.
Navgire and Wolvaardt’s partnership has resulted in Velocity building the fastest hundred teams in the tournament.
Velocity continued to lose wickets under pressure from the scoreboard, but Navgire headed them to safety before being puzzled by Richa Ghosh off Shopie Dunkley in the 17th.
Once Navgire left, it was all over for Velocity.
Earlier, Meghana ended Velocity’s offense with 73-for-47 en route to a 113-for-73 partnership with Rodrigues (66-for-44) as the Trailblazers posted 190-for-five, the most high in the history of the tournament.
Meghana took on the responsibility of leading the team after the Trailblazers lost skipper Smriti Mandhana (1) early.
Meghana, who was dropped at 16 and 63, showed off her batting skills, hitting seven fours and four maximums. Rodrigues also had seven hits on the fence and a six in his 44-run innings.
Velocity were extremely sloppy on the court as their butter-fingered defenders dropped as many as four catches – two in Simran Bahadur’s most.
Meghana produced two good ground shots off Kate Cross, but the bowler came back to send Mandhana back with Simran taking an easy hold.
Cross could have added Meghana’s box office to his list, but Sneh Rana ditched her at the point.
Rodrigues then slammed two paws on Deepti Sharma as the Trailblazers went 47-for-1 on the power play.
Meghana dismounted the attack, sending Radha Yadav for two sixes – one upside down on the covers and the second on the bowler’s head – en route to his fifty in the 10th.
Rodrigues also played some exquisite shots and hit his fiftieth 14th on 30 balls.
Shafali Verma and Ayabonga Khaka had two decent overs, but Meghana broke the shackles, throwing Verma longer for his six thirds.
Meghana got another reprieve when Khaka dropped her at back point and she slammed a six and four on Rana before Cross held a long-range one to finally get rid of the opener.
Rodrigues and Matthews added another 31 of 15 balls before the first was sent to Khaka.
Hayley Matthews (27 of 15) and Sophia Dunkley (19 of 8) then provided the green light.

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