Women’s T20 Challenge: A hat-trick opportunity for Supernovas. The final of the Women’s T20 Challenge will be played on Monday and the defending champions Supernovas are all set to take a hat-trick of titles. But the Trailblazers team, led by Smriti Mandhana, is also preparing to prevent them from doing so. The match will start at 7.30 pm.
The Harmanpreet-led Supernovas are in the lead, having beaten the Trailblazers in the final of the series on Saturday. Supernovae won the tournament in 2018 and 2019. He was on the verge of defeat in Saturday’s match. But he managed to win the run by taking the victim on the last ball. With a 2-run victory, Supernovas finished in the final, beating Mithali Raj’s Velocity team. Veteran Sri Lankan opener Chamari Attapattu is in great form for the Supernovas and has scored 111 runs in two matches. Against the Trailblazers, she batted aggressively and scored 67 off 48 balls to record her first half-century of the tournament. Skipper Harmanpreet was dismissed for 31 in both the matches. Therefore, Harmanpreet, who is the captain of the Indian team, will be trying to make a big contribution in the final.
Women’s T20 Challenge: A hat-trick opportunity for Supernovas
The Trailblazers also got off to a flying start, beating Velocity by just 47 runs. Velocity’s innings was thwarted by the penetrating hit of England’s Sophie Ecclestone and India’s veteran Jhulan Goswami. However, they could not do so against the Supernovae on Saturday. Captain Smriti Mandhana, who scored 39 runs in two matches, did not perform as expected. She is also eager to make up for it. Opener Diandra Dotin has scored. But she needs to play big. Deepti Sharma (43 not out) and Harleen Deol (27 off 15 balls) put the Trailblazers on the verge of victory. They will be looking forward to continue this momentum in Monday’s match.
The role of spinners will be important in this match as well and both the teams have quality spin bowlers. The Trailblazers have Ecclestone and Rajeshwari Gaikwad, the leading left-arm spinners in the T20s, while the Supernovas have spinners in the form of India’s star leg-spinners Poonam Yadav and Radha Yadav. Radha Yadav hit the last over on Saturday to keep the Trailblazers from winning. Therefore, her confidence is definitely boosted and she will do her best to give victory to her team. In the fast bowling division, Trailblazers have Jhulan Goswami, while Supernova’s South African Ayabonga Khaka and West Indies’ Shakira Selman have done well. He also has the experience to handle the pressure as he has played twice in the finals. This big difference between the two teams is likely to be decisive.
Team: Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Jemima Rodriguez, Chamari Attapattu, Priya Punia, Anuja Patil, Radha Yadav, Tania Bhatia, Shashikala Siriwardene, Poonam Yadav, Shakira Selman, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Ayushi Soni, Musaboka Malik.
Trailblazers: Smriti Manadhana (captain), Deepti Sharma, Poonam Raut, Richa Ghosh, d. Hemalatha, Nuzhat Parveen, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Harleen Deol, Jhulan Goswami, Simran Dil Bahadur, Salma Khatun, Sophie Ecclestone, Nathkan Chantham, Diandra Dotin, Kashvi Gautam.