T20 challenge ladies: Velocity beats Trailblazers with three wickets
JAIPUR: Mithali Raj 's Speed Overcome Some Anxious Moments Late In Turns Before He Booked A Victory For Three Wins Trailblazers To Keep The Race Until Final In Inauguration Women's T20 Challenge Alive, On Wednesday.
After their five-wicket win over Supernovas in the tournament-opener on Tuesday, a victory over Speed would have sealed Trailblazers ' place in Saturday 's summit clash.
But it was not to be as Speed first restricted Trailblazers to 112 for six after opting to bowl and then chased down the target with 12 balls to spare to keep the tournament alive for all the three teams.
In the final league match on Thursday, Speed will play Supernovas and the outcome of that game will decide the finalists.
Choose Field, Left Arm Spinner Ekta Bisht (2/13) And New Zealand's Amelia Kerr (2/21) Shared Four Wickets Between Them To Keep Trail Blowers Under Check From The Word Go.
Harleen Deol Top Score For Trailblazers With 43, While Opener Suzie Bates Made 26. Skipper Smriti Mandhana Made A Run-a-ball 10 While Deepti Sharma Scores 16 Off 16 Deliveries Towards The End To Take Trailblazers Fits The 110-run Mark.
Later, after the early dismissal of Hayley Matthews, Shafali Verma (34 off 31; 5x4s, 1x6) and Danielle Wyatt (46 off 35; 5x4s, 2x6s) accelerated the scoring for Speed to set the platform for an easy chase.
After the dismissals of Verma and Wyatt, Mithali (17 off 22) looked set to finish off the chase before Speed lost four quick wickets -- three in the 18th over bowled by Deepti Sharma -- with just two runs needed for victory.
While Veda Krishnamurthy Was Run Out For A First-ball Duck, Deepti Cleaned Up The Experienced Mithali With A Yorker With The First Ball Of The 18th Over Before Going Through The Defense Of Shikha Pandey A Ball Later.
Off The Fifth Ball Or The Same Over, Deepti Claimed The Fourth Scalp Or The Day When She Bowled Kerr To Raise Hopes Or An Improbable Win For The Side, But It Wasn't To Be.
Off-spinner Deepti (4/14) Was The Wrecker-in-chief For Trailblazers. She Was Ably Supported By Rajeshwari Gayakwad (1/28) And Harleen (1/19).
By virtue of this win, Speed are on top of the standings just ahead of Trailblazers with Supernovas yet to open their account.