Women’s T20 Challenge, VEL vs TRL Live Score: Trailblazers win but Velocity enters the finals with a better NRR


Women's T20 Challenge, VEL vs TRL Live Score: Trailblazers win but Velocity enters the finals with a better NRR

Women’s T20 Challenge, VEL vs TRL Live Score: Match-winning knocks by Sabbhineni Meghana & Jemimah Rodrigues guided Trailblazers to a 16-run win over Velocity in the women’s T20 Challenge fixture at the MCA Stadium on Thursday. Though Trailblazers won the match, they couldn’t restrict Velocity under 158 & thus have been knocked out of the tournament due to a low NRR than Velocity.

Trailblazers needed to restrict Velocity within 158 runs to secure a place in the Womne’s T20 Challenge final. However, they failed to do that as Velocity managed to score 174-9 in 20 overs. Now the finals will be played between two top teams of the Women’s T20 Challenge- Velocity & Supernovas on Saturday at the MCA Stadium in Pune.

Trailblazers restrict Velocity to 174 but failed to qualify due to poor NRR

Chasing 191, Trailblazers got off to a great start as their score read 68 for two after the powerplay overs. After the early loss of the wicket of the openers, Kiran Navgire joined hands with laura Wolvaardt & the duo started scoring runs at a rapid pace for Velocity guiding their team over the 100-run mark in 10 overs.

However, in the 11th over, Poona Yadav dismissed Laura Wolvaardt to break their blooming partnership & to put a brake on Velocity’s scoring. Rajeshwari Gayakwad then dismissed Deepti Sharma in the next over to put more pressure on the chasing team. Then came Debutant Kiran Navgire on the crease who scored the fastest fifty in the tournament’s history in the 14th over of their innings.

Kiran amassed 69 runs off 34 balls in an innings laced with five sixes & five fours. However, with wickets falling at regular intervals at the other end, Kiran signle-handedly couldn’t do much for the team. She finally got dismissed in the 17th over. Kiran Navgire’s wicket was the final nail in the coffin for Velocity who lost the match by 16 runs but managed to qualify for the final with a better NRR.

Rodrigues, Meghana’s blistering knocks guide Trailblazers to a huge 190 runs total

Earlier sent in to bat first, Trailblazers had a pathetic start to their innings as they lost the wicket of Captain Smriti Mandhana in the third over. Jemimah Rodrigues then joined hands with Meghana to accelerate their innings. The duo thrashed the Velocity bowlers at every corner of the park & kept the scoreboard ticking for Trailblazers. Both the batters were heading strong with the bat & also put up their respective half-centuries in the 13th over.

Velocity bowlers couldn’t see their happiness as they soon broke their 113-run stand with Sneh Rana dismissing Meghana for 73 runs, reducing Trailblazers to 126-2 in the 15th over. Meghana’s dismissal didn’t reduce Rodrigues’s intent on the other end who joined hands with Hayley Matthews to keep Trailblazer’s scoreboard ticking.

In the 17th over, Velocity got the major breakthrough when Syabonga dismissed Rodrigues after scoring 66 runs. Sophia Dunkley walked to take the strike & along with Matthews she took Trailblazer’s score across the 185 run-mark. In the 20th over, Simran Bahadur struck twice to remove Dunkley & Matthews on consecutive delivers to restrict Trailblazers to 190-5 in the allotted 20 overs.

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