Womens T20 Challenge, 2020

Trailblazers vs Supernovas - Match 3

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date & Time: 07 November 2020

Trailblazers 144/5

RR: 7.19 | Supernovas beat Trailblazers by 2 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Deandra Dottin lbw Shakera Selmanlbw Shakera Selman271541
Smriti Mandhana c Anuja Patil & b Anuja Patilc Anuja Patil & b Anuja Patil334021
Richa Ghosh bowled Shakera Selmanbowled Shakera Selman4210
Deepti Sharma not out not out 434050
Dayalan Hemalatha c Taniya Bhatia (W) & b Radha Yadavc Taniya Bhatia (W) & b Radha Yadav4700
Harleen Deol c Anuja Patil & b Radha Yadavc Anuja Patil & b Radha Yadav271530
Sophie Ecclestone not out not out 0100
Nattakan Chantam
Salma Khatun
Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Jhulan Goswami
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 3, w 3, nb 0)
Total 144 (5 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
44-1 (Deandra Dottin,6.3), 48-2 (Richa Ghosh,6.5), 83-3 (Smriti Mandhana,12.3), 91-4 (Dayalan Hemalatha,15), 143-5 (Harleen Deol,19.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Ayabonga Khaka2 0 17 0 8.50
Anuja Patil4 0 18 1 4.50
Radha Yadav4 0 30 2 7.50
Shakera Selman4 0 31 2 7.75
Shashikala Siriwardene3 0 19 0 6.33
Harmanpreet Kaur2 0 15 0 7.50
Poonam Yadav1 0 11 0 11.00
Priya Punia0 0 0 0 0
Chamari Atapattu0 0 0 0 0
Jemimah Rodrigues0 0 0 0 0
Taniya Bhatia 0 0 0 0 0

That's it from this game! A very close encounter and it is the Supernovas who held their nerve and saw this game home and have booked their place in the finals of this year's tournament. With this Supernovas victory, Velocity have also been knocked out of the tournament. We are in the endgame of the Women's T20 Challenge as the final is slated to take place between the Trailblazers and the Supernovas on Monday, 9th November, 2020 at Sharjah. That game begins at 6 pm local (1400 GMT). Do join us for that crucial final. Until then, cheers and take care.

Chamari Atapattu is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH. Says that she played her natural game, freely. Says that she is one of the senior players in the side. States that she talks with her juniors and shares her knowledge with them. Adds that it was a must-win game for the Supernovas. States that they are a champion side and will play like a champion team. 

Harmanpreet Kaur, the VICTORIOUS SUPERNOVAS SKIPPER, says that it was very close. States that every game that one plays, they want to win. States that it was an amazing game. Feels that the start that they got with the bat, they felt they should get 150. On the bowling, Harman feels that it was important to bowl short. Says that her team went according to the situation. On dew, Harmanpreet says that there was not much dew. Says that the confidence is very high after winning this game.

Radha Yadav is up for a chat. Says that in the last over, she was only trying to do simple stuff. States that every fielder is well and fit, when quizzed about Poonam being given the ball late. Radha says that she loves playing in such situations and that she can bring her best out in such situations.

Smriti Mandhana, the Trailblazers skipper, says that they should have gone over the line. But nevertheless, she feels it is a brilliant effort. Adds that there was quite a bit of dew on, says she saw that in the first innings itself, when they were trying to get the dew out. States that her side was just looking to win the match. Did not care which side, just wanted to win all the games. Hopes it would be good in the finals. Admits that this match would be a good wake-up call for her bowling and fielding units, who could have done well.

Earlier in the game, the Supernovas opted to bat after winning the toss and got a flying start from Chamari Atapattu. The Sri Lankan smashed a fine half ton and added 89 for the opening wicket with Punia. However, once she was dismissed, Supernovas failed to get the final flourish and were stopped for 146. With the ball for the Trailblazers, Jhulan Goswami was the pick of the lot as she scalped a wicket and also conceded just 17 runs in her quota of 4 overs. Stay tuned for the presentation...

The Trailblazers started the run chase on a high with Dottin playing aggressively. However, Mandhana from the other end found run-scoring difficult. Dottin was removed by her West Indies teammate Shakera Selman. She struck once again in the same over to leave the Trailblazers reeling. However, Deepti stayed out there and kept the runs coming in singles and doubles along with the occasional boundaries. Towards the final few overs, Deepti and Deol added quickfire 50 runs between them and almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. However, it was Radha who bowled a brilliant last over to secure a win and the place in the final for her team.

What a dramatic finish to the game! The Supernovas are through to the finals! Brilliant last over from Radha! Defending 10 off the last over against two well-set batters is a very, very difficult task but Radha has done it! The game looked well under the control of the Supernovas but the partnership between Deepti and Deol almost knocked them out but in the end, credit to Radha for holding her nerves and eventually winning it for the team.

Radha Yadav to Sophie Ecclestone, LEG BYE! Tossed up on the pads, Sophie comes down and looks to play it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. It goes to the off side and Trailblazers take a leg bye. SUPERNOVAS WIN BY 2 RUNS AND QUALIFY FOR THE FINALS!

Who will walk out to face the last ball of the innings? It will be Sophie Ecclestone. They need four runs to win this. Does she hit the winning runs? Or does Radha Yadav keep her nerve and see this game home for her side?

Radha Yadav to Harleen Deol, OUT! CAUGHT! Way to go! It has gone down to the last ball in this game here. Full and outside off, Harleen comes down the track again. She strokes it uppishly but straight to Jemimah at cover-point. 4 runs needed in the last ball now. What a change of fortunes here. Super Over looks to be on the cards here, it they get three.
Radha Yadav to Harleen Deol, Full toss outside off, Harleen skips down and strokes it to the left of deep cover. A couple. 4 runs needed in 2 balls.
Radha Yadav to Deepti Sharma, Sharma comes down the ground and converts it into a low full toss. Lifts it just over the bowler, to long off. But just the single. 50-run partnership is up between these two as well. 6 runs required in 3 balls now.
Radha Yadav to Harleen Deol, Full and outside off, Deol comes down the track and drives but straight to long off. Just the single. 7 required from 4 balls still.
Radha Yadav to Harleen Deol, Flighted outside off, Harleen gets across and looks to sweep but mistimes it to fine leg. Gets a couple though. 8 runs needed in 5 balls now.

Radha Yadav to bowl the final over of the innings. Intense pressure. 10 needed off 6 balls. Also, there is a chance of a Super Over if they score just 9 runs. Who will hold their nerve?

Shakera Selman to Deepti Sharma, Full on middle and leg, flicked aerially over mid-wicket for a good couple. 10 needed in the last over.
Shakera Selman to Harleen Deol, Full on middle, flicked to mid-wicket. Just the single though.
Shakera Selman to Deepti Sharma, Full on off and middle, knocked down to long on for a single. Sharma wanted two and strayed out at the non-striker's end but Harleen sends her back. Deepti Sharma drags her bat back in as the throw comes to the bowler's end but Shakera fails to collect it properly. Could have been close had she collected it and effected a run out.
Shakera Selman to Deepti Sharma, Angles a very full ball on the pads, Deepti looks to tuck it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the boot. It goes wide of the stumps and the keeper, towards third man. 2 taken off leg byes.
Shakera Selman to Deepti Sharma, FOUR! A beautiful stroke. 16 runs required from 10 balls now. Full and outside off, DS gives herself a little bit of room and looks to go inside-out over covers. Gets a thickish leading edge which flies over backward point and races away for a boundary.
Shakera Selman to Deepti Sharma, FOUR! A hat-trick of boundaries. Short ball, Deepti Sharma pulls it well. It was wide of Jemi at deep square leg. Rodrigues runs to her left, dives but fails to contain it.

Shakera Selman will bowl the penultimate over of the innings. 3-0-19-2 so far. Can she bowl a tidy over for her side?

Poonam Yadav to Harleen Deol, FOUR! And again. Short ball, keeping low outside off, Deol pulls it uppishly over mid-wicket and gets a boundary. 24 needed in the last 2 overs now.
Poonam Yadav to Harleen Deol, FOUR! Short and put away. It was outside off too, Harleeon Deol moves across and pulls it aerially over mid-wicket. The ball races away to the fence.
Poonam Yadav to Deepti Sharma, Tossed up around off, pushed down to wide long off for a single.
Poonam Yadav to Deepti Sharma, Floated around off, played back to the bowler off the inner half.
Poonam Yadav to Harleen Deol, Flights it outside off, Deol comes down and strokes it to deep cover. A single.
Poonam Yadav to Deepti Sharma, Tossed up outside off, pushed wide of the bowler, to long off, for a single.

Here's Poonam Yadav! Finally! In the 18th over of the game. Strange but that's how it is.

Radha Yadav to Harleen Deol, Good effort from Rodrigues there. Floated around off, Harleen comes down and lofts it aerially towards deep cover. Jemimah goes for the catch but it falls short. Good effort from her though. A couple. 35 needed in 18 balls for the Trailblazers now.
Radha Yadav to Harleen Deol, Floated around off, Deol gets down and sweeps it to the right of deep mid-wicket. A couple.
Radha Yadav to Deepti Sharma, Short ball, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Radha Yadav to Harleen Deol, Floated outside off, driven to cover for a single. The throw comes to the bowler's end and hits the stumps. Harleen looks for the second but Deepti is not interested.
Radha Yadav to Harleen Deol, Tossed up around off, Harleen mistimes the sweep to deep fine leg. Manages to get a couple though.
Radha Yadav to Deepti Sharma, Short ball, pulled to deep mid-wicket for one.

DRINKS! Well, we are at a very interesting phase in this game now. The Trailblazers are already in the finals and the Supernovas need a win if they want to join their counter-parts in the final as anything apart from a win will mean that they are knocked out of the tournament. 44 are required in the last 4 overs. The Supernovas will be looking to pick up some more wickets to apply some pressure on the batters. Trailblazers, on the other hand, will want to chase this down and win before the big final. Which team comes out on top? Will it be the Trailblazers or the Supernovas?

Harmanpreet Kaur to Harleen Deol, A dot to finish. Very full and outside off, dug out to short third man. 44 needed in the last 4 overs.
Harmanpreet Kaur to Deepti Sharma, Short and outside off, pulled to deep mid-wicket for one.
Harmanpreet Kaur to Deepti Sharma, FOUR! Very very safe to go over the bowler's head, always. Floated around off, Deepti Sharma comes down and lofts it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
Harmanpreet Kaur to Harleen Deol, Flat on middle, clipped to mid-wicket for a single. Thwy think of two but the throw comes back to the keeper's end quickly, forcing them against it.
Harmanpreet Kaur to Harleen Deol, WIDE! Harmanpreet bowls it well outside off, Deol lets it be.
Harmanpreet Kaur to Harleen Deol, FOUR! What a shot! Flat and outside off, Harleen rocks back and cuts it through the point region for a boundary.
Harmanpreet Kaur to Deepti Sharma, Flatter on off, clipped to the leg side for a single.

Who walks out into the middle now for the Trailblazers? It is Harleen Deol.

Radha Yadav to Dayalan Hemalatha, OUT! TAKEN! Beautifully bowled. Radha Yadav gets a wicket. Tosses it nicely around off, Hemalatha camps back and looks to drive on the off side but she gets a faint outside edge. The keeper takes it well. What a catch from Taniya. 56 needed in 30 balls. 
Radha Yadav to Deepti Sharma, Flatter ball outside off, Sharma covers her stumps and taps it through mid-wicket for a run.
Radha Yadav to Dayalan Hemalatha, Short ball, pulled straight to the deep mid-wicket fielder. So, just the single.
Radha Yadav to Deepti Sharma, Slower in the air outside off, Deepti lunges forward and sweeps it to deep square leg for a single.
Radha Yadav to Dayalan Hemalatha, Loopy ball around off, Dayalan comes down and taps it wide of the bowler, to long off. A single.

The Trailblazers face the Supernovas in the last game before the finals in the Women's T20 Challenge in Sharjah. While Harmanpreet's Supernovas are coming off a loss in their last game against Velocity, Mandhana's Trailblazers were brilliant as they crushed Velocity by 9 wickets. The bowling from the Trailblazers was exceptional led by Sophie Ecclestone who blew Mithali Raj's team with a brilliant spell of bowling. Bowling out any team for 47 is no easy task and Mandhana's team did just that. Their batting was not tested at all as they beat them with 73 balls to spare and 9 wickets in hand. Supernovas, on the other hand, were defeated by Velocity in the opening encounter and they cannot afford a loss in this game. Their batting did not work while the bowling faltered towards the end. They now have got a good rest and will hope that they put in a better show and qualify for the finals. Can Supernovas overcome the challenge of Trailblazers or will Mandhana's team get their second win in a row?

Trailblazers Team Squad -Dayalan Hemalatha,Nattakan Chantam,Punam Raut,Smriti Mandhana,Deandra Dottin,Deepti Sharma,Harleen Deol,Nuzhat Parween,Richa Ghosh,Jhulan Goswami,Kashvee Gautam,Rajeshwari Gayakwad,Salma Khatun,Simran Bahadur,Sophie Ecclestone

Supernovas Team Squad -Harmanpreet Kaur,Jemimah Rodrigues,Muskan Malik,Priya Punia,Ayushi Soni,Chamari Atapattu,Shashikala Siriwardene,Taniya Bhatia,Anuja Patil,Arundhati Reddy,Ayabonga Khaka,Pooja Vastrakar,Poonam Yadav,Radha Yadav,Shakera Selman