West Indies T20 specialist Deandra Dottin shined with both bat and ball as she powered Supernovas to a record third Women’s T20 Challenge title triumph with a four-run victory over Velocity in a nail-biting final in Pune on Saturday, May 28.
Dottin hit 62 off 44 balls at the top of the order to help Supernovas post a competitive 165-7 after being put in to bat first. She returned to grab two wickets for 28 runs in her four overs and played a major role in restricting Velocity to 161-8.
In the second essay, South African batter Laura Wolvaardt smashed 65 not out off 40 balls and almost took her side to the finish line. However, it was the experienced England spinner Sophie Ecclestone who kept her calm and prevented Velocity No. 10 batter Simran Bahadur to hit the winning runs off the final delivery.
Brief scores: Supernovas 165-7 in 20 overs (Deandra Dottin 62, Harmanpreet Kaur 43; Deepti Sharma 2/20, Kate Cross 2/29) beat Velocity 161-8 in 20 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 65*, Simran Bahadur 20*; Alana King 3/32, Sophie Ecclestone 2/28, Deandra Dottin 2/28) by 4 runs.
Supernovas had won the first two editions of the Women’s T20 Challenge in 2018 and 2019 before losing to Trailblazers in the final in 2020. The tournament was not held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Velocity finished runners-up in 2019 as well.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
That Winning Feeling! 👏 👏
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 28, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) May 28, 2022
Supernovas win again, third title for them. Can’t wait for the Womens IPL.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) May 28, 2022
What a fantastic #WomensT20Challenge we have had. Too bad there were only 4 matches. Women’s cricket is on the rise. Needs support. Supernovas win a humdinger on the final ball. Hopefully we see Women’s IPL soon
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) May 28, 2022
Supernovas won by 4 runs to clinch their third title.! What a thrilling match we had in Pune. This last ball finish was paisa wasool👏#Velocity #DeeptiSharma #HarmanpreetKaur #Supernovas #Cricket #WT20Challenge pic.twitter.com/Do22BHUTTA
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) May 28, 2022
3rd title for Supernovas in Women’s T20 challenge from 4 years but what a fight by Laura Wolvaardt and Simran Bahadur – incredible finish.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 28, 2022
— Lavanya 🎙️🎥👩🏻💻 (@lav_narayanan) May 28, 2022
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) May 28, 2022
Congratulations to Harmanpreet Kaur and Team Supernovas on winning the #WomensT20Challenge title last night in Pune. 👏🏻👏🏻
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) May 29, 2022
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 28, 2022
Supernovas are the CHAMPIONS🏆
Harmanpreet Kaur’s side edge out Velocity by just 4 runs after a late flurry from Simran Bahadur and Laura Wolvaardt made the finish extremely interesting.
— The Bridge (@the_bridge_in) May 28, 2022