Smriti Mandhana’s Trailblazers won the Women’s T20 Challenge championship for the first time by defeating Harmanpreet Kaur’s Supernovas in the Women’s T20 Challenge Final. With this, Harmanpreet’s team, which has been winning the tournament for the last 2 years, Smriti Mandhana, took away the title this time.
Batting first after losing the toss in the match in Sharjah, the Trailblazers gave Supernovas a target of 119 runs. In response, the Supernovas team managed to score 102 runs at the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur scored the highest 30 runs. At the same time, Salma Khatun of Supernovas got 3, Deepti Sharma got 2 and Sophie Ecclestone got one wicket.
Chamari Athapaththu Flopped in The Finals
Supernovas opener Chamari Athapaththu could not do anything special in this match. She was dismissed by Sophie Ecclestone on a personal score of 6 runs. In the last match against the Trailblazers, Chamari Athapaththu had made a Fantastic fifty and scored 67 runs.
Taniya-Jemimah Departs Early
After Chamari Athapaththu’s dismissal, Jemimah Rodrigues tried to take over with Taniya Bhatia. Both were steadily playing and take the team further deep in the match, but Deepti Sharma pushed Supernovas to the backfoot after dismissing them both. Taniya scored 14 runs and Jemimah 13 runs.
Trailblazers Scored 118 Runs
Trailblazers scored 118 runs for 8 wickets in 20 overs. Captain Smriti Mandhana played brilliantly and made a fantastic fifty in the final of the WT20 Challenge. She scored 68 off 49 deliveries. Apart from Mandhana, no player could do anything special.
Radha Yadav’s Fifer
Radha Yadav took 5 wickets for Supernova. She became the first player to take 5 wickets in the Women’s T20 Challenge. She dismissed 3 batsmen in the last over of her spell and innings of Supernovas. At the same time, Shashikala Siriwardene and Poonam Yadav got 1-1 wickets.
Fantastic Start for Trailblazers
Opener and skipper Smriti Mandhana and Deandra Dottin got off to a good start for the Trailblazers. Mandhana played good shots and Dottin did not let the wicket fall from the other end. Together, the two took the score to 45 in the power-play.
71 Run Partnership for First Wicket
Mandhana and Dottin added 71 runs for the first wicket. Poonam Yadav broke this partnership and showed Deandra Dottin the path to the pavilion. Dottin scored 20 runs off 32 deliveries.
Richa-Deepti Failed to Handle Trailblazers Innings
Richa Ghosh and Deepti Sharma could not do anything special in this match. Deepti managed to score only 9 runs and was dismissed by Radha Yadav. After this, Richa also became Radha’s second hunt and was departs by scoring 10 runs in the same over.
Player of The Match
Smriti Mandhana is adjudged Player of the Match for her brilliant knock of 68 runs off 49 deliveries.
Smriti Mandhana’s Performance
Player of The Series
Radha Yadav is adjudged Player of the Series for her brilliant performance with bowl. Radha took total of 8 wickets in 3 matches of the Women’s T20 Challenge. She took 5 wickets in the final of WT20 Challenge and becomes first player to achieve this feat in the tournament.
Trailblazers & Supernovas Playing 11
Smriti Mandhana (C), Deandra Dottin, Richa Ghosh, Nuzhat Parween (wk), Deepti Sharma, Harleen Deol, Sophie Ecclestone, Nattakan Chantam, Salma Khatun, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami
Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Chamari Athapaththu, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shashikala Siriwardene, Anuja Patil, Radha Yadav, Pooja Vastrakar, Shakera Selman, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Poonam Yadav, Ayabonga Khaka