Velocity win by 7 wickets and 10 balls to spare: Without doing the actual math, it is unlikely that Supernovas will miss out on the final. It comes down to Velocity vs Trailblazers on the final day. Deepti and Co will need just a win, Smriti Mandhana and Co will need to win big.

Points table

Team Pld Won Lost Net RR Pts
1 SNO 2 1 1 0.912 2
2 VEL 1 1 0 0.736 2
3 TBL 1 0 1 -2.450 0

Shafali Verma: 51 off 33 balls, SR: 154.54
Laura Wolvaardt: 51 off 35 balls, SR: 145.71
Velocity chase 150 down with 10 balls to spare. What a brilliant batting effort

Velocity 151/3 after 18.2 overs: Win by 7 wickets! A terrific run-chase by Velocity. Shafali Verma with a fantastic innings at the start, Laura Wolvaardt with the finishing touches. Fantastic innings by the Indian and South African batters.

HALF CENTURY: What a shot by Laura Wolvaardt. Delightful shot over long on off Dottin.

Velocity 144/3 after 18 overs: Four singles and a two in King’s over. Velocity doing this with ease. Wolvaardt on 45 off 33 balls. Not a shot in anger... all timing, on both sides of the wicket.

Velocity 138/3 after 17 overs: Not been Ecclestone’s day. A couple of dropped chances off her bowling and now Wolvaardt taking her on; 8 from that over including a four. 4-0-32-0, is not Ecclestonesque.

Ecclestone cones on, last chance saloon for SNO.

Velocity 130/3 after 16 overs: Oh, Laura Wolvaardt! Brilliant through the offside as ever. First a punch and then a drive. After a good over from Dottin, Velocity take control again.

Velocity 119/3 after 15 overs: Fine over there from Dottin with the required rate coming below 6 briefly. Just keeping things interesting.

Velocity 117/3 after 14 overs: Harman brings herself on to bowl with Wolvaardt in the middle, perhaps with CWC22 in mind, but it didn’t go her way this time. Couple of fours.

Velocity 105/3 after 13 overs: Oh dear, as we still think about the Harman catch, that’s another dropped by SNO today. Chandu lets one go through her hands as Deepti swept one hard. LW finishes the over with a four off Ecclestone, who is left frustrated.

Velocity 96/3 after 12 overs: Supernovas are pulling things back alright here but Velocity also have plenty of firepower left on paper. Just 4 from that King over. Equation, 55 from 48 balls.

Velocity 92/3 after 11 overs: A Couple of fours for Deepti off Pooja’s over.

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May 2022: Shafali Verma c Harmanpreet Kaur b Deandra Dottin

Velocity 82/3 after 10 overs: Deepti has joined Wolvaardt in the middle as we still digest that blinder by HK7. And what an innings from Shafali too.

WICKET! 9.4: Shafali Verma 51(33) ct Harmanpreet Kaur b Deandra Dottin What a fielder, what an athlete. Harmanpreet Kaur throws herself to the left and pulls off a stunner and Verma looks on stunned. She is India’s best. She has done it so often in the past! Velocity 80/3

Commentator Natalie Germanos: “What a player, and what an inspiration as well, to youngsters watching the game. Her approach to the game is just something special and to be admired, to probably be emulated as well”

HALF CENTURY ! Shafali Verma, given out on 49 and reviews it successfully, then goes on to score a 30-ball 50. A thrill to watch her bat.

Velocity 72/2 after 8 overs: Wolvaardt and Shafali batting together, a song of ice and fire if you will.

WICKET! Over 7.2: Yastika Bhatia 17(13) b Deandra Dottin Four and out! Yastika moves across a bit too much and Dottin fires one in at the base of the leg stump. Timber! Velocity 69/2

Velocity 60/1 after 6 overs: SHAFALI VERMA ON FIRE! What a fantastic start for Velocity, as Shafali Verma tees off in the powerplay. Vastrakar, Meghna, Ecclestone, Chandu... all facing the heat. A 6-4 in Chandu’s over there.

Velocity 48/1 after 5 overs: Back to back fours for Shafali off Ecclestone and soon after a dropped catch by Dottin, of all people, at point. Could be very costly!

Velocity 38/1 after 4 overs: Two fours off Vastrakar’s 2nd over. What a start for Shafali here.

Very small sample space (because we couldn’t watch any of the Women’s T20 Trophy) but Shafali Verma looks like she has levelled up. Some lovely shot-making here and looks balanced at the crease.

Velocity 27/1 after 3 overs: Yastika welcomes Meghna with a four and then Shafali hits a couple more (the second was hit so hard that Luus couldn’t react to it at midwicket)

Velocity 12/1 after 2 overs: Another four for Shafali to finish the Vastrakar over. Yastika in the new batter in.

WICKET! Over 1.3: Natthakan Chantham 1(4) ct Harmanpreet Kaur b Pooja Vastrakar She had 4 wickets last night and she strikes here right away as well. Chantham outside edges on to HK7 at slip. Velocity 6/1

Velocity 6/0 after 1 over: Shafali with a brilliant shot down the ground for four off Ecclestone. Great use of the feet there.

Supernovas 150/5 after 20 overs: Interesting, Velocity have gone with Chantham to open the batting when they have Wolvaardt and Kiran Navgire also as options. Shafali takes guard against Sophie Ecclestone.

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Supernovas 150/5 after 20 overs: Two boundaries off the last over for Luus off Deepti’s bowling and that takes SNO to 150 after a nightmare start. Great recovery, thanks to a brilliant partnership first between Harman and Taniya, but mostly a terrific 71 by the captain.

WICKET! 18.6: Harmanpreet Kaur 71(51) b Radha Yadav End of a fine, fine innings by Harman. A six earlier in the over, then a lovely yorker from Radha at the end of the over. Supernovas 138/5

Supernovas 129/4 after 18 overs: No boundaries off Sneh Rana’s bowling till 3.3 overs off her spell, then Harmanpreet Kaur goes 4-6-4. It’s been a wonderful battle, both ways. A streaky sweep first, but nothing streaky about the slog sweep for six and the shot down the ground for four.

Supernovas 114/4 after 17 overs: Half century for Harmanpreet Kaur! Came in when her side was under all sorts of pressure, took her time to arrest the collapse with Taniya Bhatia and and has now reached 50 off 42 balls. Luus with a four off Cross, over mid-off in that over.

Kate Cross to Harmanpreet Kaur again.

Supernovas 106/4 after 16 overs: Just superb use of the flight and drift from Sneh Rana today. Three singles in that over, Harman trying to go after her but just no pace or full deliveries to work with.

Supernovas 103/4 after 15 overs: Luus and Harman in the middle.

WICKET! 14.2: Taniya Bhatia 36 (32) Run Out Yastika Bhatia Not the worst outcome for Supernovas, actually. They have hitters in the hut like Ecclestone, Vastrakar, even Luus. Taniya played a lovely hand for the position she walked in. Supernovas 100/4

Supernovas 94/3 after 14 overs: Pack the legside field all you want, Harman will still sweep. Another four for her in that Deepti over.

Supernovas 83/3 after 13 overs: After taking an over to just read her perhaps, Harmanpreet is taking on Maya right away. A sweep for four followed by a brilliant lofted hit down the ground for a six. HK7 on the charge.

Supernovas 69/3 after 12 overs: The 50-run partnership comes up off 50 balls. Not the most aggressive, but after the start SNO had, this was necessary. Now time for Harman to tee off? Taniya really doesn’t quite have that game, it’s down to the captain largely.

Supernovas 65/3 after 11 overs: Didn’t quite her lengths right in that over, Maya. But wasn’t expensive either.

Time for Maya Sonawane! An exciting wrist-spinner.

Supernovas 60/3 after 10 overs: Rana with a typically probing over, just three off it as Harman searched a bit for timing.

Sneh Rana time.

Supernovas 57/3 after 9 overs: Radha Yadav making it hard for the batters to score with her over-the-stumps line and packed leg side field. Time for a timeout.

Supernovas 52/3 after 8 overs: Finally some momentum for Supernovas against Velocity. (There is a physics joke in there somewhere). Khaka concedes three boundaries, two for Taniya down the ground, either side of mid on. And then Harman finishes the over with a fine glance.

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Supernovas 37/3 after 7 overs: Harmanpreet will sweep as much as she can, when facing spinners. Places one sweep behind square as Radha Yadav comes into bowl against her “former side” for whatever it is worth.

Supernovas 29/3 after 6 overs: The powerplay that completely belonged to Velocity. Khaka finishes with a tidy over. This is a big test for Taniya Bhatia here, her batting has always been the factor holding her back in white-ball cricket. There is no doubting her keeping skills, but she needs to show she can score big too.

Supernovas 25/3 after 5 overs: A third over on the trot for Cross. Harman, her twin (not really), gets her first boundary of the day with a flick for four past Kiran Navgire, who should have done better.

WICKET! Over 3.5: Deandra Dottin 6(9) ct Yastika Bhatia b Deepti Sharma Couple of deliveries after just about clearing the fielder at deep mid-wicket, Dottin goes for another big shot but the top edge is safely taken by keeper Yastika. Supernovas 18/3

Supernovas 14/2 after 3 overs: Taniya Bhatia has joined Deandra Dottin. Interesting.

WICKET! Over 2.3: Harleen Deol 7(9) ct Laura Wolvaardt b Kate Cross Kate Cross strikes again! Harleen Deol, who had a great outing last night, is out early here. Supernovas 12/2

Supernovas 8/1 after 2 overs: Deepti Sharma with a tidy over. The captain brings herself on nice and early.

Supernovas 5/1 after 1 over: Great start for Velocity there.

WICKET! Over 0.3: Priya Punia 4(3) ct Ayabonga Khaka b Kathryn Laura Cross Kate Cross strikes in the first over! Priya Punia started the innings with a four, but she is out third ball. Great start for Velocity. Supernovas 4/1

Kate Cross starts things off for Velocity. The English seamer can be a handful.

Deandra Dottin and Priya Punia are opening once again.

This is what Supernovas captain Harmanpreet Kaur had to say last night:

“The way we wanted to bowl in the second innings, we did really well. Whatever we planned we were able to execute. Proper game for us. I think we were 20 runs short. Whenever I was thinking to execute myself, we were losing wickets. That’s why I had to stay there, look for ones and twos. Pooja did a great job for us - that’s what we were expecting from her. We just need to come back with the same motion. When you win the game, you’re happy and relaxed.”

— via IPL match center

Watch out for: Velocity spinner Maya Sonawane would be the kind of talent that a proper WIPL can propel to the big time and vice versa too (a talent that would make WIPL exciting, in terms of the opportunity it provides to the talent in the country). Delightfully unique bowling action and solid control too.

Team news

Supernovas unchanged. And a very exciting looking Velocity XI.

Supernovas: Deandra Dottin, Priya Punia, Harleen Deol, Sune Luus, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Pooja Vastrakar, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Sophie Ecclestone, Alana King, V Chandu, Meghna Singh.

Velocity: Shafali Verma, Laura Wolvaardt, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Natthakan Chantham, Deepti Sharma (c), Kiran Navgire, Sneh Rana, Radha Yadav, Kate Cross, Ayabonga Khaka, Maya Sonawane

TOSS NEWS: Deepti Sharma wins the toss and opts to bowl. Harmanpreet Kaur is more than happy to oblige, as she did yesterday, Supernovas are glad to bat first. The bowling strength is obvious factor but also a day game, it should help them. Everyone’s happy.

Toss around the corner. And time to welcome to Deepti Sharma’s Velocity into the fold. Harmanpreet Kaur’s Supernovas are back in action a few hours after their win last night.

One of the players to look forward to in the Velocity squad, if she gets the nod:

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the second match of the 2022 Women’s T20 Challenge.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s Supernovas started off with a 49-run win against Smriti Mandhana’s Trailblazers on Monday. They are back in action in just a few hours after the first match ended last night. A huge win like that has already seen them put one foot in the finals, but a win today will guarantee them a spot in the match on Saturday. Deepti Sharma’s Velocity however will look to hit the ground running and a win for them will keep the mini tournament nice and open.

Women’s T20 Challenge 2022, Trailblazers vs Supernovas as it happened: Harmanpreet Kaur & Co win big

Team Pld Won Lost Tied N/R Net RR Pts
1 SNO 1 1 0 0 0 2.450 2
2 TBL 1 0 1 0 0 -2.450 0
3 VEL 0