Jemimah Rodrigues, Supernovas, Velocity, Women's T20 Challenge, Women's IPL
Jemimah Rodrigues struck 10 fours and a six from 48 balls in her aggressive innings after the Supernovas were sent into bat in their must-win match. @ BCCI

Teenage sensation Jemimah Rodrigues’ unbeaten 77 helped Supernovas beat Velocity by 12 runs in the Women’s T20 Challenge at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Thursday. The victory means Supernovas will join Velocity, who have also qualified for the final by virtue of a better run-rate than Trailblazers.

Velocity were firmly in control of the 143-run target with Danielle Wyatt and captain Mithali Raj stitching 56 runs for the third wicket. Once the England batswoman, who was cleaned up by Poonam Yadav for a brisk 43 off 33, in the 12th over, Veda Krishnamurthy assumed the role and along with her captain, the duo forged an unbeaten 33 runs for the fourth wicket, but tidy overs along the way from the Supernovas bowling attack meant that Velocity fell 12 runs short.

Mithali failed to take off and ended up unbeaten on 40 off 42 which just the three boundaries to her credit, while Krishnamurthy finished at 30 off 29 which also included three fours. Poonam was the pick of the bowlers for Supernovas with one wicket in her allotted four overs going for just 13 runs.

Earlier, teenager Rodrigues struck an unbeaten 77 to help Supernovas post 142 for 3. She struck 10 fours and a six from 48 balls in her aggressive innings after the Supernovas were sent into bat in their must-win match. (ALSO READ: ‘Why is it that only I am being questioned?’ Mithali Raj lashes out at critics in latest interview)

Coming out to bat in the fifth over after the fall of opener Priya Punia (16) when the team score was 29 for 1, Rodrigues was involved in two substantial partnerships as she anchored the Supernova innings admirably well.

She first had a 55-run stand with Sri Lankan Chamari Atapattu (31) for the second wicket before stitching another partnership of 50 runs with Sophie Devine (9) of New Zealand for the third wicket.

The 18-year-old Rodrigues, a member of the semi-finalist Indian side in the 2018 Women’s T20 World Cup, was most severe against pace woman Komal Zanzad (0/29) who was hit for four boundaries.

Rodrigues hit the only six of her unbeaten knock off the bowling of Jahanara Alam (0/34) in the 18th over. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur also remained not out on 1 from five deliveries.

The Supernovas, however, failed to accelerate in the second half of their innings after they were 63 for 1 at the end of 10 overs. They added just 33 in the last five overs.

For Velocity, New Zealander Amelia Kerr took two wickets for 21 runs from her leg-spin while pacewoman Shikha Pandey got one.

Brief scores: Supernovas 142/3 (Jemimah Rodrigues 77*, Chamari Athapaththu 31; Amelia Kerr 2/21) beat Velocity 130/3 (Danielle Wyatt 43, Mithali Raj 40*; Poonam Yadav 1/13) by 12 runs

(With inputs from PTI)