Indian teen sensation Shafali Verma made an immediate impact in the Sydney Sixers’ debut match in the Women’s Big Bash League with a brilliant effort on the field against the Melbourne Stars on Thursday.
This happened during the fifth ball of the last over of the Powerplay when opener Ellis Villani pulled a small ball from Ellis Perry to Verma at short midwicket.
Verma clearly chose the ball which had only one stump. 1 17-year-old non-striker Annabel hit the bull in the eye to send Sutherland, who, due to miscommunication, got stuck in the middle of the packing.
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The dismissals were made at the right time for the Sixers as the pair of Villani and Sutherland looked extremely dangerous during their 49-run stand.
Sutherland’s run-out was the only wicket the Sixers were able to take on an 11-over-a-side reduced fixture. Villani (5 * off 1 off) and skipper Meg Lanning, who was unbeaten on 2 off 2 balls, took the Stars to 1/1 in 11 overs.
Shafali Verma’s Miss Alyssa Healy scored a match-winning 50 with the bat
Safarli Verma may have started his BBL journey with a brilliant runout from Sutherland, but right-handed Seemar was the last laugh. The young Indian played an innings of 10 balls for the Indian opener.
All this happened in the fifth ball of the fourth over, when Verma, in general, tried to give the pacer a slogan across the line. He left the ball completely missing and saw that his stumps were back.
Nonetheless, his cheap dismissal had no effect on the fate of the Sydney Sixers as they hit the 100 target with four balls to spare.
It was the Alyssa Healy show at the Bellerive Oval as the champion Australian wicketkeeper-batsman broke the whirlwind off 57 balls with 27 balls to take the Stars out of the stuffing.
Healy smoked as many as 11 fours during his innings. By the time he was sacked by Sophie Day, he had already set his sights on their first win of the season. Healy was voted ‘Player of the Match’ for his match-winning achievements.