Match summary:

TOSS: Velocity win the toss and opt to bowl.

Trailblazers 190/5 (20): Half-centuries from S Meghana (73) & Jemimah Rodrigus (66) took TBL to a brilliant score, the highest so far in the brief history of the tournament. 

Velocity reach final: Needed to score 159 to qualify, Deepti Sharma’s team scored 174/9 in their 20 overs. Kiran Navgire scored a sensational 34-ball 69 on her debut innings in this event. The fastest half century too in this tournament, came off just 25 balls. 

Now imagine if the Women’s IPL had happened a couple of years... maybe a Kiran Navgire could have been unearthed earlier? She is 27 now, mind you.

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“Mujhe sixes maarna bahut pasand hai”: Kiran Navgire. Indeed, so!

Kiran Navgire in action / Sportzpics

Player of the match: Kiran Navgire’s 69 off 34 balls, an innings we shall remember for a while.

Velocity 174/9 in their 20 overs: Trailblazers win, get knocked out. Keeping in line with the absurdity of this “tournament”. What a night of batting from both sides though.

WICKET! 19.6: Kate Cross 6(6) ct Arundhati Reddy b Poonam Yadav Cross is out off the last ball. Trailblazers win the match but bow out of the final. Velocity 174/9

WICKET! 18.5: Simran Bahadur 12(10) b Hayley Matthews Simran wanted to keep going, muted celebrations for TBL, the defending champions on paper, won’t be in the final despite a good performance today. Velocity 166/8

Velocity 158/7 after 18 overs: correction in score

TBL need a Hayley Matthews hat-trick right now.

Velocity 158/7 after 18 overs: Just one more run needed to reach the final. Fair to say the actual target is a bit too far away now.

WICKET! 17.2: Radha Yadav 2(4) Run Out Jemimah Rodrigues WELL, WELL! What do we have here. Superb direct hit from deep midwicket by JR. VEL still needed 4 more runs. Velocity 155/7

WICKET! 16.4: Kiran Navgire 69(34) st Richa Ghosh b Sophia Dunkley Kiran Navgire walks back after a breathtaking 69 off 34 balls. How good was that? The win might be out of reach for them but KPN has taken them close to the final. Velocity 153/6

WICKET! 15.2: Sneh Rana 11(14) ct Smriti Mandhana b Renuka Singh TBL just about keeping things interesting. Rana hit a couple of fours but otherwise struggled for timing. Velocity 144/5

Velocity 143/4 after 15 overs: A quiet over, that’s a rarity, from Sophia Dunkley. 19 runs needed for qualification, seems imminent. But will Velocity go for 191?

The number of people who were excited to watch Kiran Navgire bat without ever seeing her bat before... and to see her deliver in such style today. Should tell BCCI something about the interest levels in the game.

HALF CENTURY FOR KIRAN NAVGIRE: Unreal. The dugout rises, crowd applauds. Superb stuff.

Velocity 125/4 after 13 overs: Navgire is now on 47. A Couple of boundaries for Sneh Rana since she came into bat, seemingly a tough chance dropped in that over too off Poonam’s bowling. Bottom edges are not easy for keepers

WICKET! 11.5: Deepti Sharma 2(3) ct Smriti Mandhana b Rajeshwari Gayakwad Well, well, are we in for a little twist here. Captain SM18 just about hangs on at midwicket and Captain Deepti is out. Velocity 116/4

WICKET! Over 10.1: Laura Wolvaardt 17 (16) ct Richa Ghosh b Poonam Yadav Trailblazers needed that desperately. Poonam Yadav has Laura Wolvaardt stumped... ...well, actually caught behind as the check for stumping reveals. LW beaten by the complete lack of pace. Velocity 105/3

Velocity 105/2 after 10 overs: A four each for Wolvaardt and Navgire off Reddy’s over. The partnership goes to 55 off 21 as Jemimah, the safest of fielders, misfields at deep midwicket. Velocity are speeding towards their target. The actual one, even.

Velocity 84/2 after 8 overs: Two fours in that Poonam Yadav in similar regions through the offside. One, the sheer power of Navgire. One, all timing from Wolvaardt. Fire and ice. Time for a timeout! This is slipping away from TBL quickly.

Velocity 71/2 after 7 overs: The classic quiet 7th over. We breathe.

Velocity 68/0 after 6 overs: KIRAN NAVGIRE IS HERE, FOLKS! What a start she has made. First impressions and all that. 6 to start the over, and then 4 and 6 at the end of the over off one of the senior most bowlers in world cricket, Salma Khatun.

4.6: Shafali Verma 29(15) lbw Rajeshwari Gayakwad 4-0-4-4-OUT! Shafali Verma goes after Rajeshwari Gayakwad... but the Indian senior spinner strikes back! Super cameo by Shafali but over too soon for Velocity’s sake. Velocity 50/2

Not for the first time season, Kiran Navgire enters the field to bat. For the first time this season, on our screens.

WICKET! Over 3.6: Yastika Bhatia 19(15) b Salma Khatun Salma’s celebrations says it all. Yastika comes down the track and is beaten on length. All the experience on show by the veteran bowler there. Velocity 36/1

Velocity 32/0 after 3 overs: The boundaries keep coming! One each for Yastika and Shafali in that Renuka over. One really good take by keeper RichaG too.

The camera goes to the dugout... Kiran Navgire is padded up. Could be in next.

Velocity 22/0 after 2 overs: Expensive over from Matthews too. A boundary down the ground for Shafali.

Velocity 11/0 after 1 over: Couple of fours for Yastika off Renuka’s first over. One unfortunate bounce off the turf for the mid-off fielder, the other timed nicely over mid-on.

Yastika Bhatia opening with Shafali Verma today for Velocity.

Meghana, Jemimah had already set the tone for their team but handy cameos by Matthews and Dunkley ensured Trailblazers finish with a huge first innings total. Some missed catches and some sloppy fielding saw Velocity’s troubles doubled.

It’s the highest ever total in the Women’s T20 Challenge, so a big chase coming up...

Trailblazers 190/5 after 20 overs: Simran Bahadur bowls a great last over. Ends with 2 wickets. Dunkey’s skill and experience came in handy with the two boundaries in the first two balls before Simrah dismissed her. It was followed by the wicket of Matthews who was caught by Chantham at short third man.

WICKET! 19.6: Hayley Matthews 27(16) ct Natthakan Chantham b Simran Bahadur

That’s a great comeback from the bowler to end the innings after the boundaries in the over.

WICKET! 19.4 Sophia Dunkley 19(8) ct Radha Yadav b Simran Bahadur

A brilliant running catch from Radha to dismiss the dangerous Dunkley!

Trailblazers 179/3 after 19 overs: Not the kind of penultimate over Velocity would have wanted. Sneh Rana having a rather odd day. Matthews carts her for two back-to-back boundaries. 11 runs off it.

Trailblazers 168/3 after 18 overs: Dunkley time! Could prove to be just the right time for her to come in as her hitting skills are on display with that six over midwicket.

Trailblazers 157/3 after 17 overs: Khaka gets the breakthrough. Almost as if she just had to compensate for the drop earlier. Jemimah departs after a well-made 66. Sophia Dunkley the next batter in.

WICKET! 16.6 Jemimah Rodrigues 66(44) ct Sneh Rana b Ayabonga Khaka

Trailblazers 144/2 after 16 overs: That’s an eventful over! Simran hasn’t really bowled badly at all but there have been two sloppy drops. Sneh Rana involved in another drop. Jemimah with a beautiful slogsweep for six earlier.

Trailblazers 128/2 after 15 overs: Sneh Rana gets the important breakthrough but it’s still 12 runs off it. Hayley Matthews is the next batter in.

WICKET! 14.3 S Meghana 73(47) ct Kate Cross b Sneh Rana

A brilliant innings comes to an end! She was just changing gears, having scored a six and four before this. That’s a job done well.

Trailblazers 116/1 after 14 overs: FIFTY! Jemimah Rodrigues also brings up her half-century, off 36 deliveries. That was a great over by Simran Bahadur. An opportunity missed as Meghana was dropped by Khaka. But just 4 runs off it.

Trailblazers 112/1 after 12 overs: The ease with which Meghana lofted that six over the bowler’s head in the first delivery of the over... brilliant! 100 comes up for Trailblazers and the partnership’s going steady.

Trailblazers 99/1 after 12 overs: 7 runs off Khaka’s over. The quieter middle overs? Velocity would appreciate that. Or it could just be time to change gears for the two. In any case, it’s about to get fun.

Trailblazers 92/1 after 11 overs: Some change in tactics as Shafali Verma bowls this one. Velocity are looking to break the partnership. No wicket off it but it’s been economical, considering how the runs are flowing. 6 runs off it.

Trailblazers 86/1 after 10 overs: FIFTY! Meghana brings up her half-century in 32 balls. A simple raise of the bat and the Trailblazers dug-out stands up in appreciation. Easy, peasy for the opener.

Trailblazers 79/1 after 9 overs: Wow! The highlight of that over has to be Meghana smoking a six over Radha’s head. Jemimah also laces it a four. A free-hit earlier but just one run off it. A total 15 runs scored off that over.

Trailblazers 64/1 after 8 overs: Jemimah seems to have slowed down a tad bit but Meghana is making up for it, she’s currently batting at over a SR of over 160. 9 runs off the Sneh Rana over.

Trailblazers 56/1 after 7 overs: Meghana is in some mood! Seriously though, Trailblazers... how does a player like that not make your starting XI? Radha Yadav has been subjected to that lofted six over cover in this over too.

Trailblazers 47/1 after 6 overs: End of a good powerplay for Trailblazers, especially after the early wicket of Mandhana. The two batters clearly batting with a plan in place.

Trailblazers 41/1 after 5 overs: Jemimah and Meghana have found the touch. Keeping the scoreboard ticking with atleast two boundaries in the last two overs. Intent!

Trailblazers 30/1 after 4 overs: Jemimah means business! Starts proceedings with back-to-back boundaries off Deepti.

Trailblazers 18/1 after 3 overs: That could’ve been two wickets for Cross! But Meghana was dropped at point by Sneh Rana. 6 runs and 1 wicket off the over.

WICKET! 2.3 overs Smriti Mandhana 1(5) ct Simran Bahadur b Kate Cross

Brilliant comeback from Cross after that first over! She gets the big wicket of Mandhana. It needed a captain’s knock but it’s an easy catch for Simran at the backward square leg.

Trailblazers 12/0 after 2 overs: A tighter second over from captain Deepti. Just 2 runs off it. If a big total is needed for Trailblazers to have a real shot at this, big overs in the powerplay would be ideal.

Trailblazers 10/0 after 1 overs: Kate cross was bowling a pretty tight over before Meghana brought in back-to-back boundaries in the last two deliveries. Great start, especially against Cross.

Player to watch out for: Kiran Navgire of Velocity. A self-admitted MS Dhoni fan who loves hitting sixes. She plays for Nagaland and scored an unbeaten 91 against Pondicherry, 162* against Arunachal Pradesh and 81* against Manipur in the Senior T20 League.

Team News

Trailblazers: Sabbhineni Meghana comes in place of Sharmin Akhter.

Playing XI: S Mandhana(c), P Yadav, J Rodrigues, H Matthews, S Dunkley, R Gayakwad, A Reddy, S Khatun, R Singh, R Ghosh(wk), S Meghana.

Velocity: Simran Bahadur comes in place of Maya Sonawane.

Playing XI: S Mandhana(c), P Yadav, J Rodrigues, H Matthews, S Dunkley, R Gayakwad, A Reddy, S Khatun, R Singh, R Ghosh(wk), S Meghana.

TOSS NEWS: Velocity win the toss and will bowl first. Simple reason, they want to chase.

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Women's T20 Challenge Points Table

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