- Shafali Verma’s marked her debut WBBL match with a superb direct hit
- Shafali Verma‘s played for Sydney Sixers Women against Melbourne Stars
- Verma scored eight runs in 10 balls as Sydney Sixers won by six wickets
Verma, Shafali delivered a brilliant blow in her debut Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) match to fire Annabel Sutherland from the Melbourne Stars at Blundstone Arena in Hobart on Thursday. As a representative of the Sydney Sixers Women.
Verma hopes to test her T20 credentials of hers in her first WBBL campaign. Sydney Sixers won the shot and decided to pitch against the Melbourne Stars. In the fifth installment of the fifth round, starter Elyse Villani delivered an Elysse Perry to the Short Deep Midwicket. Sutherland, who was at the end of the non-forward, was already well out of his circle to run.
Verma, positioned in the short and deep midwicket, charged for the ball and threw it straight into the stumps at the end of the non-forward, with Sutherland nowhere to go to get back on the line.
Here is the video of the direct hit:
Such was the brilliance of the direct hit, that the commentator was left screaming, “OH, HAVE A LOOK AT THAT! SHAFALI VERMA WELCOME TO THE WBBL!”
Meanwhile, the other commentator added, “I am sure all the Indian fans, they are going ‘why hasn’t she done this in Indian colors for us?”
One fan pointed out the throw was impressive due to the angle of Shafali’s fielding position. The Twitter user wrote, “Just one stump to aim at from her angle, and she did it! Great through!”
With the game reduced to 11 overs due to rain, Melbourne managed to score 99 for one of 11 overs and Villani broke an undefeated half-century. She recorded 54 runs on 31 balls, with five fours and one six.
Captain Meg Lanning was also undefeated after playing 23 runs on 17 balls.
Sydney was 100 of four in 10.2 overs and won with six wickets. Starter Alyssa Healy hit 54 of 27 balls, her hit consisting of 11 fours. But her starting partner, Shafali, could only muster eight runs on 10 balls. She was defeated by Sutherland, who wanted revenge on the Indian cricketer.
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