WBBL: Scorchers complete stunning Super-Over victory as Heat chokes

Shubham Singh
17 Oct 2021
16:17
WBBL: Scorchers complete stunning Super-Over victory as Heat chokes

Perth Scorchers completed a come-from-behind win in the Super-Over against the Brisbane Heat. Perth batted first and somehow hobbled to 137 while the Heat looked impressive early in the chase. However, a late batting collapse led to a Super-Over. And despite making 12 runs in the Super Over, the spin stalwart Jess Jonassen saw herself getting smoked for two sixes by the eternal danger Sophie Devine.

Batting first, the Scorchers struggled to pick Jess Jonassen and Poonam Yadav as multiple wickets fell to spin bowling. Sophie Devine clocked in a 12-ball 19 runs inning but the number T20I bowler Jess didn’t let her kick on. Beth Mooney’s 40 runs off 37 balls highlighted the batting effort and the likes of Chamari Athapaththu and Marizanne Kapp struggled against the Heat bowling. Chloe Piparo’s 14-ball 20 runs innings somehow got the team to 137/7.

For the heat, aggressive batters Grace Harris and Georgia Redmayne lived up to their reputation and began in a high-scoring fashion. The duo shuttled the team to 42 runs in just 22 balls but Georgia fell to Devine after making 18 runs off 13 balls. However, that didn’t deter the team much to that point and Jess Jonassen played comfortably, putting on a 45 runs partnership with Grace.

However, this is when medium-pacer Lilly Mills bowled Jess to bring the Scorchers back into this game. The wicket of Jess triggered a collapse and Grace Harris fell soon after to Kapp after making an impressive 41 runs off 27 balls. The woes became exacerbated when the team lost the next four wickets for just 35 runs as Alana King and Mills did most of the damage in the middle.

Ultimately, the team needed 12 runs off 12 balls, still quite an achievable equation. Then the team could only muster up two runs in the penultimate over. Heat then required a much tougher 10 runs of the six balls. De Klerk hit a boundary on the first ball of the last over but Georgia Prestwidge fell a couple of balls later to Mills. With the team needing four runs off two balls, Nadine de Klerk committed a blunder and got herself run out in an embarrassing fashion.

Needing three runs off one delivery, the team could only run two and that brought a Super Over into the play. A couple of boundaries by Anneke Bosch gave the Heat a more than decent 13 runs to defend and with the number T20I bowler Jess as the main choice, it looked enough, but Jonassen missed her lines and Devine hoisted her deliveries for a couple of sixes to seal the deal. Alana King won the Player of the Match award for her two wickets for 24 runs spell and grabbing three catches.

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