Sune Luus’s unbeaten 37 and Sushma Verma’s 34 helped Velocity recover from a poor start and register a five-wicket win over Supernovas in the first match of the Women’s T20 Challenge at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, said captain Mithali Raj on Wednesday.
Chasing a target of 127, Velocity lost both their openers, Danielle Wyatt and Shafali Verma within the first three overs. Skipper Mithali Raj and Veda Krishnamurthy then tried to repair the damage with a brief 21-run stand before Shashikala Siriwardene packed back the former in the ninth over.
Twenty-seven runs later, Veda too, departed, leaving her side at 65/4 in 13 overs.
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.
“I was expecting 120-130. Wish we had a good start. In a low scoring match you expect the openers to get you 30-40 runs," said Mithali in the post-match presentation ceremony.
“(After) losing Dani (Wyatt), our main player, there was some panic in the dugout. Veda (Krishnamurthy) played really well along with Sushma (Verma) and (Sune) Luus and got us back on track."
Velocity now face Trailblazers on Thursday. “It’s difficult to prepare for back-to-back games, especially since it’s a 2 pm game tomorrow, but that’s how it is. I guess tomorrow as soon as we wake up we will be preparing for the next game," said Mithali.