Womens T20 Challenge, 2020

Velocity vs Trailblazers - Match 2

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date & Time: 05 November 2020

Trailblazers 49/1

RR: 6.25 | Trailblazers beat Velocity by 9 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Deandra Dottin not out not out 292830
Smriti Mandhana c Jahanara Alam & b Leigh Kasperekc Jahanara Alam & b Leigh Kasperek6900
Richa Ghosh not out not out 131011
Dayalan Hemalatha
Deepti Sharma
Harleen Deol
Jhulan Goswami
Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Salma Khatun
Sophie Ecclestone
Nattakan Chantam
Extras 1 (b 0, lb 0, w 1, nb 0)
Total 49 (1 Wkts, 7.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
12-1 (Smriti Mandhana,3.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Shikha Pandey3 0 16 0 5.33
Leigh Kasperek2 0 5 1 2.50
Ekta Bisht1.5 0 19 0 12.67
Sushree Dibyadarshini1 0 9 0 9.00

That's it from this one-sided contest. Velocity will be disappointed as their performance was not the best in this encounter. Whereas, Trailblazers would look to repeat what they did in this game and book a spot in the final. That will help the Velocity, wouldn't it? Their net run-rate is so low because of this contest, that even a normal win for Supernovas could take the latter into the final. The Women's T20 Challenge moves onto match 3, which will be played between Trailblazers and Supernovas on 7th November, 2020 at Sharjah. That game begins at 6 pm local (1400 GMT). Do join us for that game. Till then, take care and cheers.  

Sophie Ecclestone is the Player Of The Match! She says that they are a great team and she is enjoying her time. On her bowling, she says that as she was getting some purchase from the wicket, so she kept it simple and tried to keep it straighter. On the Women's T20 Challenge, she says that it is nice to learn from the coach and also they get to know the Indian culture as well as the Hindi language from the Indian players.

Smriti Mandhana, victorious Trailblazers skipper, starts by saying that it was exciting to go out there and get a game. She adds that she wanted to field first and have a good look at the wicket in their first game. The bowling plan, she says, was according to the batters and she just asked her bowlers to keep it back of a length. On spinners, she says that she will take a couple of spinners anytime in her playing XI. Further adds that all the bowlers bowling in tandem is good as they keep on learning from each other.  

Deandra Dottin is in for a quick chat! She says that she just wanted to get the runs quickly as cricket is a funny game. Says that she has been talking to her friends and watching Netflix during the lockdown. Tells that she will rest up and prepare for their next game.

The captain of Velocity, Mithali Raj, starts off by saying that when the wicket is good and when your batters are in good form, you would want to bat first. Adds that she would have liked to have a partnership between Shafali Verma and Dani Wyatt but both of them could not do so. Further adds that there was a complete collapse in the middle. Says that this is just a game to forget. Tells that they will recover on Friday but they will also regroup and analyze. Feels that two matches back-to-back without any preparation is tough but they will cheer the girls up.

There is not much you can say about the bowling performance by Velocity as their batters failed and put up a tame score on the board. Leigh Kasperek managed to get a solitary wicket to her name. Earlier after winning the toss, Mithali Raj opted to bat first and to some extent their openers, Danni Wyatt and Shafali Verma justified her decision. But a misjudgement from Verma opened the floodgates and Sophie Ecclestone ran riot in the Velocity camp. Along with the other bowlers, they bundled Velocity out for a small total of just 47 runs. Overall, a comprehensive victory by Trailblazers.

Chasing 48 was never going to put any pressure on Trailblazers and they did that exactly as they chased it down without breaking a sweat. Opening for them, Deandra Dottin looked a bit rusty early on and why not they are playing after a long long time. Smriti Mandhana though departed after scoring just 6 runs but Dottin and Ghosh ensured that they cross the winning line without any drama. In the end, they won.

TRAILBLAZERS BEGIN THEIR CAMPAIGN WITH A THUMPING WIN WITH 73 BALLS TO SPARE! What a way to start your journey in the tournament. The show put on by the bowling department of the Trailblazers makes sure that they win this game with ease. Sophie Ecclestone was the star with the ball and all the other bowlers complimented her well. A thumping victory to start the tournament.

7.5
6
Ekta Bisht to Richa Ghosh, SIX! That's it! TRAILBLAZERS WIN BY 9 WICKETS! Floated on middle, Ghosh slog sweeps this one over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie to finish the game in some style. They also do it within 8 overs. What a comprehensive victory. 
7.4
0
Ekta Bisht to Richa Ghosh, Loopy ball on off, Ghosh plays it back to the bowler.
7.4
0
Ekta Bisht to Richa Ghosh, WIDE! Slips this down the leg side as Ghosh looks for the sweep but misses. Wided.
7.3
0
Ekta Bisht to Richa Ghosh, Gives it some air and lands it around off, Ghosh drives it towards covers.
7.2
1
Ekta Bisht to Deandra Dottin, IN THE AIR...SAFE! Flighted on middle, Dottin looks to sweep this one away but it comes off her top edge towards mid on. It lands safe and the batters collect a single.
7.1
4
Ekta Bisht to Deandra Dottin, FOUR! What a powerful stroke! Hit with immense power! Flighted ball on middle, Dottin hammers her pull towards the mid-wicket region for a boundary. Just 7 runs needed now.
6.6
4
Sushree Dibyadarshini to Richa Ghosh, FOUR! A very good way to end the over! Swept away very fine by Ghosh! Flighted delivery on middle, Ghosh gets on her knees and sweeps this one through square leg and into the fence for a boundary.
6.5
1
Sushree Dibyadarshini to Deandra Dottin, Tossed it up nicely on middle, Dottin gets on her knees and sweeps this uppishly towards the deep mid-wicket region to rotate the strike.
6.4
1
Sushree Dibyadarshini to Richa Ghosh, Bowls a shorter length ball outside off, Ghosh looks to cut this one but underedges this to the short third man fielder for a single.
6.3
0
Sushree Dibyadarshini to Richa Ghosh, Flatter outside off, pushed to the off side.
6.2
0
Sushree Dibyadarshini to Richa Ghosh, Loopy around off, Ghosh drives this well but finds the fielder at covers.
6.1
3
Sushree Dibyadarshini to Deandra Dottin, Short ball outside off, Dottin camps on her back foot and punches this through the cover region and will collect three runs before the fielder can mop up in the deep.

Sushree Dibyadarshini to roll her arm now.

5.6
1
Ekta Bisht to Deandra Dottin, A single to end the over. Flighted delivery on middle, Dottin gets on her knees and sweeps this one to the square leg region. The Trailblazers are 28/1 at the end of the Powerplay. They need just 20 more runs.
5.5
0
Ekta Bisht to Deandra Dottin, Floated on middle, Dottin looks to sweep but misses this one.
5.4
1
Ekta Bisht to Richa Ghosh, Loopy around off, Ghosh drives this wide of the long off fielder for one.
5.3
1
Ekta Bisht to Deandra Dottin, Tossed up on middle, Dottin eases this to the long on region for a single.
5.2
0
Ekta Bisht to Deandra Dottin, Flatter outside off, cut away to the point region.

Ekta Bisht comes onto bowl now.

5.1
4
Ekta Bisht to Deandra Dottin, FOUR! Well played by Dottin and Bisht has been welcomed with a boundary! Floated on middle, Dottin gets low and sweeps this one to the deep square leg region. The ball crosses the ropes on a bounce for a boundary.
4.6
1
Shikha Pandey to Deandra Dottin, On a fullish length on middle, Dottin flicks this towards wide long on for a single to retain the strike for the next over. Just 27 runs needed now.
4.5
2
Shikha Pandey to Deandra Dottin, Short ball on middle, Dottin pulls this one to the deep square leg region and will collect two before the fielder cleans up in the deep.
4.4
1
Shikha Pandey to Richa Ghosh, Short of a good length ball outside off, Ghosh cuts this one towards the third man fielder for a single.
4.3
1
Shikha Pandey to Deandra Dottin, Good length ball around middle, Dottin plays this towards mid on for a single. They were thinking about the second run but settle for the single.
4.2
4
Shikha Pandey to Deandra Dottin, FOUR! First boundary of the innings and it is off Dottin's willow. She was getting itchy in the middle and this should calm her down. On a good length on middle, Dottin lofts this one towards the mid-wicket region, it does not have the required timing for this to cross the ropes and two fielders try their best but are not able to stop this one from crossing the ropes.
4.1
0
Shikha Pandey to Deandra Dottin, On a good length around off, Dottin pushes this to the cover region. 
3.6
0
Leigh Kasperek to Richa Ghosh, Flatter on middle, Ghosh looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads towards the leg side. 

Dayalan Hemalatha is the new batter in.

Trailblazers lose their skipper in this small chase. Richa Ghosh replaces her skipper out in the middle.

3.5
0
Leigh Kasperek to Smriti Mandhana, OUT! CAUGHT! Smriti Mandhana walks back now. She departs after scoring just 6 runs. She will be disappointed that she could not stay out and wrap the game up as this is a low score. She looks to go big again but does not time it well again. Floated on middle, Smriti looks to heave this one over the fielder at mid on but she does not time her loft well and holes out to the fielder at mid on. A good wicket to scalp. 
3.4
0
Leigh Kasperek to Smriti Mandhana, Flatter on off, Mandhana pushes this to the off side.
3.3
1
Leigh Kasperek to Deandra Dottin, Floated on middle, Dottin sweeps this one towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
3.2
0
Leigh Kasperek to Deandra Dottin, Loopy around off, Dottin works this back towards the bowler. It though goes a bit uppishly as Kasperek goes for the catch and the ball drops in front of her.
3.1
1
Leigh Kasperek to Smriti Mandhana, Mandhana looks for the big one but does not time this one well. Leigh loops this one up nicely towards off, Mandhana gets on her knees and slog sweeps this towards deep mid-wicket. It lands safe and the batters collect a single.
2.6
1
Shikha Pandey to Smriti Mandhana, A misfield will make sure that Mandhana retains the strike for the next over. Good length ball around off, Mandhana punches this towards the cover region and a misfield allows the ball to go through. A single taken.
2.5
1
Shikha Pandey to Deandra Dottin, On a good length on off, Dottin works this through mid on for one.
2.4
0
Shikha Pandey to Deandra Dottin, On off, pushed towards the leg side.
2.3
0
Shikha Pandey to Deandra Dottin, Dottin was looking for the big shot but does not quite connect it well! On a good length on middle, Dottin looks to heave it across the line but it comes off the inside edge and hits her pads and rolls towards the keeper.
2.2
0
Shikha Pandey to Deandra Dottin, On a length on off, Dottin pushes this to the fielder at cover-point.
2.1
1
Shikha Pandey to Smriti Mandhana, Back of a length ball around off, Mandhana punches this towards the cover region for a single.
1.6
0
Leigh Kasperek to Deandra Dottin, Floated delivery on off, Dottin keeps it out.
1.5
0
Leigh Kasperek to Deandra Dottin, On middle, Dottin sweeps it to square leg.

Mithali Raj's Velocity meet Smriti Mandhana's Trailblazers in match 2 of the Women's T20 Challenge in Sharjah. It is a day game and a massive challenge even more so for Velocity, given that they are playing a game just a day before, that too, in the evening. So hardly any recovery time. The Trailblazers have some overseas names in England's Sophie Ecclestone, the no. 1-ranked T20I bowler, West Indian all-rounder Deandra Dottin, Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun, Indian fast bowler Jhulan Goswami and also Thailand's batter Nattakan Chantam. The Velocity are fresh from a thrilling win over the champions, Supernovas and would be reasonably confident. It is relatively difficult to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of a team which is yet to play but the Trailblazers look really strong. Should be a cracking match but spare a thought for the players playing in the heat.

Velocity Team Squad -Danni Wyatt,Meghna Singh,Mithali Raj,Shafali Verma,Veda Krishnamurthy,Devika Vaidya,Shikha Pandey,Sune Luus,Sushma Verma,Ekta Bisht,Jahanara Alam,Leigh Kasperek,Manali Dakshini,Mansi Joshi,Murali Anagha,Sushree Dibyadarshini

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