Womens T20 Challenge, 2020

Trailblazers vs Supernovas - Final

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date & Time: 09 November 2020

Supernovas 102/7

RR: 5.1 | Trailblazers beat Supernovas by 16 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Chamari Atapattu lbw Sophie Ecclestonelbw Sophie Ecclestone6910
Jemimah Rodrigues c Nattakan Chantam & b Deepti Sharmac Nattakan Chantam & b Deepti Sharma131610
Taniya Bhatia c Rajeshwari Gayakwad & b Deepti Sharmac Rajeshwari Gayakwad & b Deepti Sharma142010
Harmanpreet Kaur bowled Salma Khatunbowled Salma Khatun303620
Shashikala Siriwardene c Jhulan Goswami & b Salma Khatunc Jhulan Goswami & b Salma Khatun191810
Anuja Patil run out Salma Khatunrun out Salma Khatun81300
Pooja Vastrakar c Sophie Ecclestone & b Salma Khatunc Sophie Ecclestone & b Salma Khatun0100
Radha Yadav not out not out 5500
Shakera Selman not out not out 4300
Poonam Yadav
Ayabonga Khaka
Extras 3 (b 0, lb 0, w 2, nb 1)
Total 102 (7 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
10-1 (Chamari Atapattu,2), 30-2 (Taniya Bhatia,6.5), 37-3 (Jemimah Rodrigues,8.3), 74-4 (Shashikala Siriwardene,14.4), 93-5 (Anuja Patil,18.2), 93-6 (Harmanpreet Kaur,18.3), 94-7 (Pooja Vastrakar,18.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Jhulan Goswami4 0 17 0 4.25
Sophie Ecclestone4 0 26 1 6.50
Rajeshwari Gayakwad4 0 23 0 5.75
Deepti Sharma3 0 9 2 3.00
Harleen Deol1 0 9 0 9.00
Salma Khatun4 0 18 3 4.50

Smriti Mandhana lifts the trophy and that's all from this tournament! What a tournament it was and we have got a new winner in Trailblazers. They defeat Supernovas comfortably. It was a brilliant win and they should be proud of themselves. Supernovas, on the other hand, were not upto the mark in this game. On Tuesday, the 10th of November 2020, we have the Final of the Indian T20 League which is between Mumbai and Delhi. The action will begin at 1800 Local (1400 GMT). Join us for that. Until then, cheers and take care.

Smriti Mandhana, the Trailblazers' skipper and the PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT, says they were eager to get back home after the World Cup and get some rest but they never knew it would be for so long. Adds that initially it was good to spend time with parents but they did miss cricket. States it was good though to work on their basics. Mentions her wicket was crucial as this wicket was difficult to bat on so 120 or 130 was good enough but from where they were, 140 was achievable and that is something they need to work out. Adds she wanted her team to go for it and they knew if they bowl good 20 overs, they would win. Also tells, she was pretty confident with the bowling she has. Tells that 135 would have been good but 118 was also a good total on this wicket. Ends by saying that it was good to exchange knowledge with the overseas players and it was a great learning curve for the youngsters too.

Radha Yadav is the PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT. She says that she is feeling good to take a 5-fer but not pleased that they did not win. Adds that she was really happy when she saw the pitch. States that she worked on her bowling during the lockdown. Goes onto say that she was consistently playing and she felt in touch always. 

Harmanpreet Kaur, the Supernovas' skipper, says the injury is not that bad, the loss is a part of the game but they will learn from them. Admits the total was not that tough to chase and they needed partnerships but they did not get one. Mentions it was very difficult for her to bat as she got injured in the first innings. Adds sitting at home was very difficult but they need to be safe.

Stay tuned for the rest of the presentation ceremony!

Time for Jhulan Goswami. She says that the plan was to bowl wicket to wicket and they executed it really well. Goes onto say that she was telling Ecclestone to bowl within the stumps and jokes that she will tell the rest of the things later. Adds that Chantam is a great character as she always smiles and it has been pleasing to share the dressing room with her.

Sophie Ecclestone comes up for a chat. She says that they are a great team and the tournament was amazing. Adds that it is great to win especially against a team like Supernovas and it felt really amazing to be a part of this team.

Deandra Dottin is now up for a talk. She tells that she is feeling great and is pleased to get selected for the Women's T20 Challenge. Tells that she was struggling a bit but the way Mandhana batted was amazing and it was pleasing to see her bat like this. Adds that she is happy to win the tournament.

Deepti Sharma now joins for a chat. She says that she worked a lot during the lockdown on both her batting and bowling. Adds that they had made plans for every batter.

Harleen Deol is there for a chat. She says that she is very excited and they had come with a plan to defeat Supernovas this time as they lost a close match last time around. Goes onto say that they had played against them before and they knew how to bowl on this slow and low wicket.

Earlier in the day, Mandhana's blazing knock got the Trailblazers off to a brilliant start. Radha's fifer though pulled things back and kept them to a total which was probably a little under par. However, an excellent bowling effort, a combined bowling effort actually by them has helped them win this Final.

The batting from the Supernovas was quite ordinary! They failed to find the boundaries and even struggled to rotate the strike. Also, they needed someone to bat long but all their batters who got their eye in fell when it mattered. Kaur hung in there but she kept losing partners. Also, she batted with an injury which did not help her cause. In the end, a lot was asked of her and she failed to deliver.

All their bowlers, right from the start were on the money! Ecclestone and Goswami were brilliant with the new ball. One got the important wicket and the other built the pressure by keeping it nice and tight. Deepti was outstanding after the first 6 and she was well supported by Khatun and Gayakwad. Overall, it was a complete performance from their bowlers.

Celebration time for the Trailblazers! It is not three times out of three for the Supernovas as they have been outplayed by a brilliant Trailblazers side. What a bowling performance by them! They weren't defending a lot but they have done it quite easily. Yes, this chase was never going to be easy on this wicket but the bowling side still had to bowl nicely and they have done so brilliantly.

19.6
2
Sophie Ecclestone to Shakera Selman, NOT OUT! Selman was in but it does not matter. Flighted ball outside off, Selman drives it to deep cover and looks to pick up a couple. The fielder throws it to the keeper who whips the bails off. The third umpire is called for and the replays show that Selman was in. TRAILBLAZERS WIN BY 16 RUNS.

Run out appeal! It has been referred! The Trailblazers do not care though as they have started celebrating.

19.5
2
Sophie Ecclestone to Shakera Selman, Flighted ball on middle, Selman flicks it to deep square leg for a couple.
19.4
0
Sophie Ecclestone to Shakera Selman, Loopy ball on middle, Selman plays it back to the bowler.
19.3
1
Sophie Ecclestone to Radha Yadav, Floated on off, Yadav pushes it to the off side for a single.
19.2
2
Sophie Ecclestone to Radha Yadav, Tossed up on off, Yadav drives it to deep cover and takes a couple.

Sophie Ecclestone to bowl the last! It will be a surprise if she does not defend the amount of runs she has to.

19.1
0
Sophie Ecclestone to Radha Yadav, Flatter outside off, Yadav pushes it to cover.
18.6
1
Salma Khatun to Radha Yadav, Tossed up on off, Yadav lifts it to long off for a single.

Shakera Selman walks out to bat!

18.5
0
Salma Khatun to Pooja Vastrakar, OUT! CAUGHT! Trailblazers closing in on victory! Brilliant stuff from them. Tossed up on middle, Vastrakar looks to go over deep mid-wicket but does not time it well. It goes towards mid-wicket where Ecclestone takes the catch.
18.4
1
Salma Khatun to Radha Yadav, Flatter outside off, Yadav punches it to deep cover for a single.
18.3
0
Salma Khatun to Harmanpreet Kaur, OUT! TIMBER! Is that the end of the game? Harmanpreet Kaur was struggling with her injury and she had no other option to go for the big shots. Brilliant bowling from Khatun. Floated ball on middle, Kaur dances down the track and then looks to heave it away but misses and the ball goes onto hit the stumps.
18.2
1
Salma Khatun to Harmanpreet Kaur, OUT! RUN OUT! Patil goes! She was struggling anyway. She just could not find the big shots and she perishes. Supernovas are on top here. Floated on middle, Harmanpreet heaves it to the deep square leg region. She wants the couple and takes off. The throw is to the bowler who whips the bails off. The third umpire is called for and the replays show that Patil was out of her crease.

A run out appeal has been taken upstairs. Patil seems in. Replays though show she is just short.

18.1
1
Salma Khatun to Anuja Patil, On middle, Patil heaves it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
17.6
1
Jhulan Goswami to Anuja Patil, RUN OUT CHANCE MISSED! Full outside off, Patil drives it to cover and takes off for a run. The fielder throws it to Goswami who fails to cacth it. Patil was nowhere in the picture.
17.5
2
Jhulan Goswami to Anuja Patil, Full outside off, Patil drives it through cover-point and picks up a couple.
17.4
1
Jhulan Goswami to Harmanpreet Kaur, Full ball on off, Kaur defends it to the off side and crosses over for a run.
17.3
1
Jhulan Goswami to Anuja Patil, Length ball on off, Patil pushes it to the off side and takes a run.
17.2
0
Jhulan Goswami to Anuja Patil, PLAY AND A MISS! Good length ball outside off, Patil looks to pull but misses. Pressure building on Supernovas now.
17.1
1
Jhulan Goswami to Harmanpreet Kaur, Good length ball on middle, Kaur flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Jhulan Goswami is back into the attack.

16.6
0
Salma Khatun to Anuja Patil, A dot to end! End of another brilliant over. 34 needed in the last three. On middle, Patil hits it hard back to the bowler.
16.5
1
Salma Khatun to Harmanpreet Kaur, Just a single again. On middle, Kaur pulls it through mid-wicket for one.
16.4
1
Salma Khatun to Anuja Patil, On middle, it is pulled through mid-wicket. The fielder there gets a bad bounce and it goes towards deep mid-wicket for one.
16.3
0
Salma Khatun to Anuja Patil, A dot! Gold dust at this stage! On middle, it is hit hard towards mid-wicket.
16.2
1
Salma Khatun to Harmanpreet Kaur, Slower through the air and on middle, it is worked towards mid-wicket for one.
16.1
1
Salma Khatun to Anuja Patil, On middle, this is hit past mid-wicket for one.

Harmanpreet Kaur is struggling and the physio is coming out to have a look on her. Let's hope that she is fine.

15.6
4
Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Harmanpreet Kaur, FOUR! Nice way to end the over. 38 needed in 4 now. Floated on middle, Kaur goes on her knees and then sweeps it to the deep square leg region for a boundary.
15.5
0
Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Harmanpreet Kaur, BEATEN! Beautifully bowled! Loopy ball outside off, Kaur looks to defend but misses.
15.4
1
Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Anuja Patil, On off, Patil defends it to the off side for a single.
15.3
0
Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Anuja Patil, Tries the reverse but misses. Flatter outside off, Patil looks to play the reverse sweep but misses.
15.2
0
Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Anuja Patil, Tossed up on off, Anuja dances down the track and defends it to mid off.
15.1
1
Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Harmanpreet Kaur, Floated on off, Kaur defends it to point and takes a single.

6 days, 4 matches. Tournament done! Ahh... we wanted more, didn't we? Sadly, that is how the Women's T20 Challenge goes. Perhaps next year, we could get more players and more games. Coming to the present, arguably, two of the best teams have made it to the final. Trailblazers have looked the best team this year and even though they were beaten by the defending champions, Supernovas, in the previous game, they nearly snatched victory from defeat. They have the batting arsenal and the bowling too, to attack and defend accordingly. Talking about the Supernovas, they will forget what has happened in the past. They had a poor start, losing to Velocity but they stepped up as a champion side in a must-win game. Now, it is a no-advantage zone to either team. Harmanpreet Kaur's side has won two finals in a row - no reason why they cannot make it a hat-trick. The Trailblazers will aim to stop just that and take revenge of the 2018 final. Dew could be a factor, so toss will be massive.

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