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1st Match (N), Sharjah, November 04, 2020, Women's T20 Challenge
(19.5/20 ov, T:127) 129/5

Velocity won by 5 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

Player Of The Match
37* (21)
Full commentary

9.35pm That's all from us. See you tomorrow afternoon for game two of the Women's T20 Challenge, after which we'll have the first qualifier of the IPL in the evening. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. On behalf of Chandan and Alagappan, this is Sreshth signing off.

9.28pm Presentation time.

Sune Luus, the player of the match. She says, "It was quite difficult that we needed 62 in 42 when I walked in. They were bowling well. Sushma rotated the strike well with me. I didn't find the surface too difficult at all. It was coming onto the bat. Couple of sixes from the girls was a testament to how good the wicket was. The pitch played the same both innings, it depends more on your style of cricket. This is such a great opportunity to be here, in these crazy times. It's extremely great to be playing again. Really enjoying it."

Mithali Raj, winning captain: "It is challenging (after long break). Most players played the T20 World Cup, but for Jhulan and me it's been long. I was expecting 120-130 in the first innings. Wish we had a decent opening start, because in low scoring games that's important. Losing Danny Wyatt was big because she's a main player, and a bit nervous too. But Veda played well, with Sushma and Sune too. Such platforms help our younger players. They can see Harmanpreet, Smriti and so on and prepare with them. Back to back games can be difficult, because we aren't getting time to recover, but that is what it is. When we wake up, we'll be preparing again."

Sushma Verma, who set the game up with Luus, says "the way we chose to bowl at the toss, I thought that maybe I'll have to be the finisher in the second innings. I'm well aware of my role in Velocity since I played last season too. My personal runs didn't matter as long as we won. Nothing new done during the lockdown, just kept my strong beliefs that I can do well. When Luus came on strike, the difference was 25 between runs and balls, so we felt if we can hit 5-6 balls for a boundary we are in. The plan was to not take the game to the last over but I got out. The bonding during quarantine in the hotel room helped us."

Harmanpreet Kaur, losing captain: "To win games you need to keep bowling well. Whatever we thought, in the last couple of overs, we didn't bowl according to plan. They batted really well, got to appreciate that. In the end they batted really well. In the end in our last four batting overs, we didn't utilize well. Even a single per ball would've been good enough but we didn't get that. Playing after a long time, it's not easy, but if you keep winning only then can you survive in this tournament. Need to come back with a positive approach. Bit of dew in the end but it's part of the conditions. Felt we simply did not bowl well in the last couple of overs."

Janak Nilendra: "Wooow Thats why we love cricket "

9.15pm Handshakes all a4round and Velocity win a nail biter. What a start to the Women's T20 Challenge of 2020. Velocity needed 62 runs with seven overs to go, but the Sushma-Luus partnership set up the game, and the South African finished it. A great game of cricket. Stay around for reactions. Also the first time Supernovas have lost to Velocity. They did the double over Velocity last year.

Lucky Flyer 0_0: "What a match. Given the crackernof the game today, I don't think there's anyone who would mind a proper tounament with these teams"

Abhijato: "Could anyone check my pulse? I don't think my heart can take any more."

HASD Siriwardene to Luus, FOUR runs

edged to the keeper but she can't hold on! Races away for four and Sune Luus takes Velocity to victory!

Super Over anyone?

HASD Siriwardene to Pandey, 1 run

make that two off two. Good length, outside off, and worked to deep midwicket

HASD Siriwardene to Luus, 1 run

full, and very wide outside off. Swept to deep midwicket, but just a single. Need 3 off 3 now

HASD Siriwardene to Luus, FOUR runs

full on leg, and she sweeps fine! Short fine leg puts in a valiant chase and now it's four off four

HASD Siriwardene to Pandey, 1 run

full and wide, struck to midwicket.

Pandey on strike. Shashikala with the ball

end of over 196 runs • 1 wicket
VEL: 118/5CRR: 6.21 RRR: 9.00
Sune Luus28 (18)
Shikha Pandey0 (0)
Poonam Yadav 4-0-27-1
Ayabonga Khaka 4-1-27-2

Ganeshkumar: "Women 'a T20 challenge has become more intresting now...its time we need a longer series from next year"

Poonam to Luus, 2 runs

good length, on off. Swiped off the back foot to deep midwicket. Misfield allows them to take the second run. Velocity need nine in six balls but Luus will be at the non-striker's

Poonam to Verma, OUT

is that six? No, that's caught in the deep! Full on middle.Goes for a big shot over long off, but she simply doesn't have the power to beat the fielder there. Kaur holds on.

Sushma Verma c Kaur b Poonam Yadav 34 (33b 0x4 2x6) SR: 103.03

sairandhree sul: "Though low scoring, this match is as interesting as it can be"

Poonam to Luus, 1 run

full on off, and she chips this over the bowler's head. Just a single

Poonam to Luus, 2 runs

full on off, and swept to deep midwicket. They scamper across and complete the second run

Poonam to Verma, 1 run

full, on middle. Comes down the wicket and goes leg side.In the air but falls short of deep midwicket. Luus on strike

Poonam to Verma, no run

good length, no pace. Cuts behind square, but finds point

Jameelhassan: "I'm used to watch Men IPL now even can't skip Women T20 Matches , Love cricket Ehh!!!"

end of over 1810 runs
VEL: 112/4CRR: 6.22 RRR: 7.50
Sushma Verma33 (30)
Sune Luus23 (15)
Ayabonga Khaka 4-1-27-2
Shashikala Siriwardene 3-0-19-1
Khaka to Verma, 1 run

good length, outside off, and punched to cover. They scurry across for a dangerous single!

Khaka to Luus, 1 run

low full toss, on middle. Struck to long on,but just a single

Eight off the over so far. How many can they get in the last two? They need 17 in 14

Khaka to Luus, no run

full, and wide outside off. Driven to cover

Khaka to Luus, FOUR runs

full toss, on her hips, and flicked comfortably to the vacant area near deep fine leg!

Khaka to Verma, 1 run

full on leg, and drilled to wide long on

Khaka to Verma, 1 wide

full, on leg stump, and looks to flick. Misses, and could've been stumped had the keeper collected

Khaka to Luus, 1 run

full on leg again, and flicked to deep midwicket

Khaka to Luus, 1 wide

full on leg, and looks to flick. Misses out

end of over 1711 runs
VEL: 102/4CRR: 6.00 RRR: 8.33
Sune Luus17 (11)
Sushma Verma31 (28)
Shashikala Siriwardene 3-0-19-1
Poonam Yadav 3-0-21-0
HASD Siriwardene to Luus, 1 run

sweeps a tossed up ball well outside off to deep square leg

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