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Deadline: May 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Pitch report

Runs have been difficult to accumulate in Jaipur. There’s both swing and spin on offer. However, once the batter is set, the run rate scales up. Rodrigues and Harmanpreet’s innings are evidence to the very fact. Expect an even contest between bat and ball.

Probable XI for Supernovas: Priya Punia, Chamari Atapattu, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Natalie Sciver, Sophie Devine, Lea Tahuhu, Anuja Patil, Tania Bhatia (wk), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav

Probable XI for Velocity: Hayley Matthews, Shafali Verma, Danielle Wyatt, Mithali Raj (c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Sushma Verma (wk), Shikha Pandey, Amelia Kerr, Sushree Dibyadarshini Pradhan/Jahanara Alam, Komal Zanzad, Ekta Bisht

Fantasy team

We have opted for a fantasy team on the basis of players’ impact, recent performances, and credit points.

Note that you can now change your team after the toss. You can also check players’ performances in the last 5 matches. Tap on the players’ names to get the data while making your fantasy team.

My XI: Sushma Verma (wk), Chamari Atapattu, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues (c), Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Sophie Devine, Amelia Kerr (vc), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey

Preview

Supernovas should thank Harmanpreet Kaur for the entry into the finals. The 16 runs that she collected, when they needed 19 off 6 against Trailblazers, made sure their net run rate does not read negative despite the loss. In the next match, Jemimah Rodrigues gave them the win they needed, scoring 77* off 48.

The credit, however, belong to their bowlers. In the first match, they restricted Trailblazers to 140 for 5 despite Smriti Mandhana’s resolute knock of 90. In the second, they choked Velocity with disciplined bowling. Poonam Yadav was the star of the show, taking 1 for 13 in 4 overs and strangling the opposition to 130 for 3.

Velocity, on the other hand, have been on the defensive. They lost 5 wickets in 7 balls when they needed a mere 2 runs. Thanks to Pradhan that they collected 2 runs off her first ball and ended the drama. Against Supernovas, they played for the net run rate over win. The target was reasonable if not massive. In a pursuit of 142 runs, they managed 130 for 3 and took the ticket to the final. Veda Krishnamurthy, who remained unbeaten on 30 off 29, later admitted to the fact that weren’t eyeining for the win.

Who has the edge?

Supernovas have explosive batters at their disposal. If they put up a colossal total, the defensive batting line-up of Velocity will find it difficult to up the ante.

Velocity have variety of bowlers in their armoury. Other than Rodrigues in the last match, they managed to keep all Supernovas batters on the back foot.

Top performers

Rodrigues is at the top of the batting chart, having scored 101 runs with a staggering strike rate of 150.7. Velocity’s Wyatt is at the third spot with 89 runs.

Kerr, with 4 wickets, shares the first position with Deepti Sharma. For Supernovas, Radha’s 3 wickets are the most from their team.

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