WT20 Challenge: Supernovas beat Trailblazers by 49 runs, road ahead for Smriti Mandhana’s team

The Harmanpreet Kaur-led Supernovas beat defending champion Trailblazers by 49 runs in the opening match of the Women’s T20 Challenge. This is the biggest win of this league in terms of runs. In this match, playing first after winning the toss, Harmanpreet’s team scored the highest score of the league and scored 163 runs for the loss of all 10 wickets in the entire 20 overs. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur scored 37 runs in 29 balls. Apart from him, Harleen Deol scored 35 and Deandra Dotin scored 32 runs. In reply, the entire team of Trailblazers could only manage 114 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs.

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Hailey Mathews (18) and skipper Smriti Mandhana (34) started well for the trailblazers. After the first wicket fell for 39 runs in 5 overs, no batter could set foot on the crease. Superb catching of supernovas was seen. Priya Poonia took two brilliant catches back to back. After this, Harleen also took a brilliant catch and sent set batsman Jemimah Rodriguez (24) to the pavilion. After that, the score was 86 for 8 wickets. From here the match got out of the hands of the defending champion team.

On the other hand, talking about supernovas, they also had a good start. But in the last two overs, the team had dramatically lost five wickets within eight runs. Haley Mathews took 3 for 29 for the Trailblazers while Salma Khatoon took 2 for 30. Supernovas got off to a good start and added 58 runs in the powerplay. Dotin scored 32 runs in 17 balls. He hit three fours off Renuka Singh in the third over and took 14 runs in this over. He was run out in the fifth over but in his innings he hit five fours and a six.

Opener Priya Poonia (22) was dismissed in the eighth over. Deol added 37 runs for the third wicket with captain Harmanpreet. She hit Mathews for two consecutive fours in the eighth over but could not convert the good start into a big total. After Punia’s dismissal, Aye Kaur kept up the run-rate between the wickets from the other end. Sune Loos (10) was dismissed by Rajeshwari Gaikwad in the 15th over while Alana King was sent to the pavilion by Khatoon for five.

Tough road for trailblazers

Pooja Vastrakar and Harmanpreet were dismissed within three balls in the 19th over and three wickets fell in the last over. Now on Tuesday, May 24, Supernovas will compete with Deepti Sharma-led Velocity. This match will be played at 3.30 pm Indian time. Trailblazers will play their last match against Velocity on May 26. After this crushing defeat, it has become necessary for him to win by a big margin at any cost. In this tournament, the three teams will play two matches each and then the top two teams will play the final match on 28 May.

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