After Velocity won their first game convincingly, Shafali Verma shared a light-hearted conversation with Sneh Rana, celebrating their team’s victory over Supernovas. However, Velocity chased down the target of 151 in 18.2 overs and won the game with 7 wickets to spare. Shafali shined securing 51 runs in just 33 deliveries. Laura Wolvaardt too contributed 51 runs in her team’s victory.
While sharing some jovial moments with her teammate Sneh Rana, Verma said that she enjoyed batting. “The wicket was good, the ball was coming on the bat. Although I had to take some time, it was all fun,” said Shafali Verma to ipl.com. Being asked about tackling the number 1 spinner in world cricket right now, Sophie Ecclestone, Verma seemed to have a simple mantra. She said that she sees the ball only, not the player.
“I don’t play bowlers for their name. I observe the delivery and try to hit it using all my strength. If it’s a good ball, I settle it for a run,” revealed Verma. While talking about handling pressure, the swashbuckling opener said, “I don’t take much pressure. I take every game as a normal one and make my mind to play at least 50 deliveries.”
Meanwhile, Sneh Rana too shared about her bowling performance for the day. Being happy she was able to contribute for the team, Rana said, “the game was a neck to neck battle. It was challenging and I enjoyed it. I was able to do well and so I am happy.”
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However, after the win, Velocity captain Deepti Sharma said: “Our team’s confidence was pretty good during the practise sessions before the game. The wicket seemed a little slow and spin was our strength. Cross gave us a good start in the powerplay. Sneh Rana taught Cross how to celebrate and we picked it up afterwards. We planned as a team and gave small plans to every individual. We will look to get better. Shafali’s innings and Cross’s spell were the turning points.”
Shafali Verma also added: “We were waiting for the loose balls and tried to make the most out of it, we wanted to take the game deep. I have worked on my batting, I have a few more shots, but I will try to execute them in the next match. I tried to keep it simple, was playing according to the merit of the ball.”
Harmanpreet Kaur, who won the Player of the Match said: “If you drop catches, you can’t plan against the batters. That didn’t help us. The way we started. we had to finish well. We were able to set a decent total but as I said you had to field well. The conditions were same throughout. If you keep giving easy runs, nothing can help you. Yesterday’s win was a crucial one. Lot of positives and lot of areas to improve upon.”