Shafali Verma makes quiet WBBL debut, her team opens with Sydney Sixers win


Young Indian batsman Shafali Verma made a stellar start to the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) with her side Sydney Sixers’ six-wicket win over Melbourne Stars on the opening day of the competition at the Bellerive Oval here on Thursday.

Chasing 100 to win in 11 overs in a rain-hit match, the 17-year-old right-handed opener fell for 8 (10 balls, 1 four) in the fourth over.

Her first-wicket partnership with Alyssa Healy, who played a brilliant innings of 57 (27 balls, 11 fours), conceded 40 runs before Shafali was bowled by Annabel Sutherland.

The Sixers were on their way to a comfortable win before losing three wickets including Healy. But Nicole Bolton (seven not out) and Angela Reix (three not out) took them home.

Earlier, sent to bat by Sixers captain Ellyse Perry, Melbourne Stars scored an unbeaten 54 (31 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) by Ellyse Villani to make 99 for 1 in 11 overs. .

Captain Meg Lanning contributed 23 (17 balls, 4 fours).

Shafali helped break the opening partnership of the Stars by running out Annabel Sutherland (14).

Another Indian in the Sixers line-up, left-arm spinner Radha Yadav, failed in her two overs and did not get a chance to bat. PTI SS

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