There have been some sensational performances on the field in the ongoing edition of the Women's T20 Challenge. To add to the excitement, a rare moment that took place on the field when Supernovas face off against Velocity at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Thursday has triggered a big debate.
The incident happened in the ninth over of Supernovas innings which was bowled by Amelia Kerr and Chamari Athapaththu was on strike. On the second delivery, the young New Zealand leg-spinner bowled a ball that bounced twice and was collected by the wicket-keeper Sushma Verma. It was signalled as a no-ball by the on-field umpire and a free-hit was also signalled at the same time. Nonetheless, as per the rules of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), a ball may be called a no-ball if it bounces more than twice before reaching the batsman/popping crease. This means if it bounces twice it is a legal delivery.
The video of this incident was posted on Twitter. Watch the video here.
This incident created a lot of debate on social media.
Supernovas beat Velocity by 12 runs. By the virtue of this win, both teams will once again meet in the final on Saturday at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Meanwhile, the Smriti Mandhana- led Trailblazers were knocked out of the three-team tournament. The English batter Danielle Wyatt anchored Velocity's run chase with a quickfire 33-ball 43. Once they lost their top 3, skipper Mithali Raj and Veda Krishnamurthy brought Velocity's chase on track and got past the score of 117 which were needed for them to qualify for the summit clash. However, the duo could not succeed in taking their team past the finish line despite both the batters being at the crease till the last ball.
Earlier, Mithali Raj had won the toss and elected to bowl first. Youngster Jemimah Rodrigues played a super knock for the Supernovas. Her unbeaten knock of a 48-ball 77 helped them in getting to 142/3 and the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side also cemented their place in the final.