Supernovas 165 for 7 (Dottin 62, Harmanpreet 43, Deepti 2-20) beat Velocity 161 for 8 (Wolvaardt 65*, Bahadur 20*, King 3-32) by four runs
No dot Dottin
Even though she hit the first six of the final, Priya Punia’s stay in the middle wasn’t a smooth one after Supernovas were put in to bat. While Dottin had managed to get herself going, Punia struggled to rotate strike and conjured up nine dot balls in the powerplay. Dottin’s corresponding figure in the phase was just four.
The pair had managed to hit just one four and one six till the final over of the powerplay, which is when Dottin took a liking to Sneh Rana’s offspin. She hit two mighty slog sweeps to signal the start of the change.
Punia and Dottin brought up their second fifty-run opening partnership before the former was caught at point off Bahadur.
Harmanpreet and the sweep
At 131 for 1 in the 15th over, the base was set for both Dottin and Harmanpreet to launch an assault. But Deepti Sharma’s tight bowling made Dottin attempt an ill-advised scoop against a fullish ball and she was bowled for 62 off 44.
Pooja Vastrakar, who was pushed up to No. 4, then failed to pick a slower one from Ayabonga Khaka, before Kate Cross got rid of Harmanpreet (43) and Ecclestone in successive deliveries.
Bahadur struck twice at the end as Supernovas lost their last six wickets for 34 runs to post 165, which looked a bit below par even though Dottin said it was “enough”.
Boom and bust
Shafali and Yastika Bhatia then got off to a flying start, taking 17 off the returning Mansi Joshi’s opening over. Shafali then hit Ecclestone for a couple of fours in the next over before falling to Dottin’s around-the-wicket angle. Ecclestone also got in the act, having Yastika caught and bowled for 13.
After two quiet overs, Wolvaardt hit a couple of fours off Vastrakar before Natthakan Chantham was trapped lbw. Alana King then had Deepti holing out before Wolvaardt and Sneh Rana hit a couple of fours each.
However, it all seemed over when King (3-32) struck off consecutive balls to see the back of Rana and Radha.
The resurgence feat Wolvaardt and Bahadur
But Wolvaardt found an unlikely ally in Bahadur when Velocity needed 48 off the last three overs with two wickets in the bank. Wolvaardt and Bahadur both hit a six each off King in the 18th over that went for 14, with Wolvaardt scoring her second successive half-century in the competition.
Bahadur then came into her own to hit three successive fours off Vastrakar in the penultimate over that went for 17.
Wolvaardt brought her finishing prowess to the fore, like she has done in international cricket, beginning the last over with a six with 17 to get. But fittingly, the top ranked bowler in white-ball cricket Ecclestone managed stave off the threat from both Wolvaardt and Bahadur, thereby enabling Supernovas to lay their hands on the silverware yet again.
S Sudarshanan is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo