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Trailblazers beat Supernovas to clinch Women’s T20 Challenge

Trailblazers celebrate with the trophy
Trailblazers celebrate with the trophy

Smriti Mandhana starred with the bat while Salma Khatun captured three wickets as the Trailblazers beat the Supernovas by 16 runs to clinch the Women’s T20 Challenge title at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates on Monday.

Chasing 119 runs to win, Supernovas lost the consistent Chamari Atapattu early as Sophie Ecclestone trapped her leg-before wicket to give Trailblazers their first breakthrough.

Supernovas needed a partnership to get their chase back on track and the experienced duo of Harmanpreet Kaur and Shashikala Siriwardene did just that, putting up a 37-run stand.

But just when it looked that the two would shift the gears, Salma Khatun dismissed Siriwardene after the Sri Lankan top-edged her sweep and Jhulan Goswami completed an easy catch.

With 28 needed from the last two overs, Trailblazers dealt the decisive blow as they picked-up three wickets, including that of Harmanpreet after Khatun disturbed the timber. Trailblazers conceded just seven runs in the final over and went on to beat Supernovas by 16 runs to clinch the title.

Earlier, Supernovas, who brought in Pooja Vastrakar in place of Priya Punia in the team, elected to bowl against Trailblazers who picked Nuzhat Parween in place of Dayalan Hemalatha.

Mandhana provided a good start for Trailblazers while stroking three fours and a six to take Trailblazers to 27 after three overs. Supernovas though pulled back the things in the next four overs, conceding just 15 runs and that helped them get a wicket in the 12th over as Poonam Yadav dismissed Dottin after Radha Yadav completed a juggling catch.

Smriti, though, completed a fine fifty in the same over, hitting Poonam for a four and a six as Trailblazers reached 85 for one.

Supernovas then ran through Trailblazers batting order. Radha Yadav went on to pick three more wickets in the final over to become the first bowler to claim a five-wicket haul in the Women’s T20 Challenge, helping Supernovas restrict Trailblazers to 118 for eight.

Brief scores:

Trailblazers: 118/8 (Smriti Mandhana 68, Deandra Dottin 20, Radha Yadav 5/16)

Supernovas: 102/7 (Harmanpreet Kaur 30, Shashikala Siriwardene 19, Salma Khatun 3/18)