Deandra Dottin’s full show propels Supernovas to third IPL 2022 women’s title

West Indian all-rounder Deandra Dottin played with both bat and ball as she propelled the Supernovas to an unprecedented third Women’s T20 Challenge title with a four-point victory over Velocity in a thrilling final here on Saturday.

Dottin scored with a 62 from 44 to top the order to help the Supernovas to 165 for seven after being batted. With the ball she took two wickets for 28 runs in her four overs to play a major role in limiting Velocity to 161 for eight.

South African batsman Laura Wolvaardt almost single-handedly brought Velocity within striking distance of a sensational victory with a searing 65 steps on 40 balls, including five fours and three sixes.

Wolvaardt, who became the only batter in the tournament to score two halves, launched a ferocious assault into the dead with a wave of limits to raise hopes of a stunning victory for Velocity.

Number 10 hitter Simran Bahadur (20 steps on 10 balls) also hit three successive fours in the penultimate inning. Velocity needed 17 points from the final, but left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone (2/28) conceded just 12 points to win the game despite Wolvaardt hitting a six on the first pitch.

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If England’s Ecclestone made life difficult for Velocity beaters in the first half of the chase, Australia’s Alana King (3/32) did the same in the back-end. King was on a hat trick after dismissing Sneh Rana and Radha Yadav with consecutive runs in the 16th.

Supernovas had won the first two editions of the tournament in 2018 and 2019 before losing to the Trailblazers in the final in 2020. The tournament did not take place last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Velocity had finished second in 2019.

Velocity got off to a flying start in their pursuit with fly-half Shafali Verma (15) and Yastika Bhatia (3) scoring 28 in the first two overs, but that proved to be the only time the team led by Deepti Sharma was ahead in the game.

They suffered a batting slump with half of them back in the hut for 64 runs in the 11th. They were reduced to 38 for three, and things only got worse from there.

Previously, Dottin had taken full advantage of an early reprieve to score a blistering half-century and launch supernovas.

Dottin, 30, was dropped at 13 by Sneh Rana against Deepti Sharma in the fourth round, and she made Velocity pay for the costly mistake by going 62 from 44 balls, which were peppered with a four and four sixes.

The experienced campaigner sewed up 73 runs for the opening wicket with Priya Punia (28) and added 58 for the second wicket with in-form captain Harmanpreet Kaur (43 from 29 balls).

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For Velocity, captain Deepti Sharma, Kate Cross and Simran Bahadur took two wickets each, while Ayabonga Khaka got one. The Supernovas could only score 34 runs in the last five overs while losing five wickets.

Dottin and Punia got the Supernovas off to a flying start, scoring at a brisk pace and going 46 unbeaten on the power play.

Punia hit a six against Cross in the third, but partner Dottin did even better, breaking back-to-back highs in the sixth on being knocked down by Rana. Punia was going strong when she came out in the 10th over played by Simran Bahadur, after breaking a six.

Captain Kaur, the tournament’s top scorer, came out and immediately started piling up the points, hitting a six from Rana at 12th over and following that up with two highs at 14th over played by Yadav. In the next game, Velocity captain Deepti punched as she defeated Dottin.

The Supernovas suffered a batting slump in the dead as they lost four wickets to add just 11 runs.

Pooja Vastrakar (5) was cleared by Ayabonga Khaka in the 17th before Cross claimed two wickets – that of Kaur and Sophie Ecclestone (2) – in the space of three balls on the following course.