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SUP vs VEL, Women’s T20 Challenge Final, MPL Prediction and Top Picks

Match: Supernova vs Velocity (SUP vs VEL)

Date: May 28, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST

Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune

The fourth edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge kicked off on May 23. A total of three matches were played in the league stage between three teams – Trailblazers, Supernovas and Velocity. The Supernovas won the opening game against Trailblazers by 49 runs, but lost the second game to Velocity by seven wickets. The third match was won by Trailblazers against Velocity.

The final will be played between Supernovas, the most successful team in the history of Women’s T20 Challenge and Velocity, who are yet to win a title.

Currently, Harmanpreet Kaur is the highest run scorer for Supernovas with 108 runs in two innings. For Velocity, Shafali Verma has top scored with 80 runs in two outings. Among the bowlers, Pooja Vastrakar and Kate Cross have impressed for both the teams respectively.

This could also be the last time we will see a Women’s T20 Challenge. The tournament could be scrapped off next year if BCCI’s plan to start a full-fledged IPL for women works out.

The Women’s T20 Challenge was first played in 2018 as a one-off exhibition game between the Supernovas and Trailblazers to promote women’s cricket. Velocity was added as a third team in 2019.

Ahead of the Women’s T20 Challenge 2022 final, let’s look at the head to head total of both teams, the pitch report, weather update, MPL top picks and more.

SUP vs VEL, Women’s T20 Challenge Final, Weather Update & Pitch Report

The pitch at the MCA stadium is good for batting. The pacers are effective in the first few overs while the spinners come into play once the game progresses. The average first innings total here in overall T20s is 172. The first innings score in the three matches played here in the on-going tournament is 163, 150 and 190. The captain winning the toss will look to bat first.

The temperature in Pune at the time of the match will be around 30 degrees. No rain has been forecast and we are likely in for an uninterrupted game of cricket.

SUP VEL Injury News and Predicted XI

Supernovas Team news – The Supernovas won their first game by 49 runs before losing the second game to Velocity by seven wickets. They have made the final on the back of a strong run rate they earned in the opening game against Trailblazers.

Predicted XI – Deandra Dottin, Priya Punia, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Sune Luus, Harleen Deol, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Sophie Ecclestone, Alana King, Mansi Joshi, Meghna Singh

Velocity Team news – Velocity won their first game against Supernovas before losing the second one to Trailblazers. But a win by seven wickets in their first game powered them to the final and they will now be looking to win their maiden title.

Predicted XI – Yastika Bhatia (wk), Laura Wolvaardt, KP Navgire, Sushma Verma, Nattakn Chantam, Deepti Sharma (c), Sneh Rana, Kate Cross, Ayabonga Khaka, Radha Yadav, Maya Sonawane

SUP vs VEL Head to head record

In the past, the Supernovas and Velocity have played four games, winning two each. When the two sides met earlier this tournament, Velocity won by seven wickets. They also contested the final of the 2019 season, which Supernovas won.  

Total games – 4

Supernovas – 2

Velocity – 2

SUP vs VEL: Top Picks for Women’s T20 Challenge, Final (Five players to watch out for)

Shafali Verma – batter, Velocity

MPL price – 9.5 credits

Shafali Verma scored a half century for Velocity in their win over Supernovas. Opening the batting, she scored 51 off 33. She scored 29 runs in her next outing and will be looking to make another significant contribution in the final. She had also played some impressive knocks at the World Cup in March. Overall, the hard hitting batter has an average and strike rate of 25 and 141.12 in 29 T20Is. She has played in the Women’s Big Bash League and the Hundred.

Laura Wolvaardt – batter, Velocity

MPL Price – 9.5 credits

Laura Wolvaardt remained unbeaten on 51 off 35 in Velocity’s opening game against Supernovas. She got a good start in the next game but was not able to convert it. Wolvaardt brings with her the experience of playing 33 T20 internationals for South Africa apart from playing in tournaments like WBBL and the Hundred. Not just with her batting, she can help you score points with her fielding too.

Kiran Navgire – Batter, Velocity

MPL price – 8.5 credits

Kiran Navgire stole the limelight in Velocity’s game against Trailblazers. Helping her side chase 191, Kiran scored a half-century in just 25 deliveries – the fastest 50 in the tournament – and eventually constructed a 34-ball 69. The 27-year-old hit the very first ball she faced for a big six before hitting nine more boundaries. With that knock Navgire has become one of the most sought after players across fantasy platforms for the final.

Harmanpreet Kaur – All-rounder, Supernovas

MPL price – 10 credits

Supernovas captain Harmanpreet Kaur is the highest run-scorer in the tournament. She has scored 108 runs in two matches at a strike rate of 135. Kaur scored 37 runs against Trailblazers and followed that with a 71-run knock against Velocity in the next game. Kaur brings with her a wealth of experience – 121 T20Is for India from which she has an average of 26.35. She was also one of the most impressive batters at the World Cup in March. Kaur is a good option for your MPL team’s captaincy.

Pooja Vastrakar – Bowler, Supernovas

MPL price – 9.5 credits

Pace-bowling allrounder Pooja Vastrakar has taken the most wickets so far in the tournament. She has five wickets including a T20 best of 4 for 12. She can also score a few runs down the order and is an excellent fielder. Vastrakar was also one of India’s best performers at the World Cup. Overall, she has 19 wickets in 24 T20Is.

Top Fantasy Picks for SUP vs VEL

 SUP vs VEL, Women’s T20 Challenge Final – where and what time to watch live in India

The Women’s T20 Challenge final game will be telecast live on Star Sports and you can watch the live online streaming on the Disney + Hotstar app. The match will begin at 7.30 PM IST on May 28.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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