Trailblazers defended a modest 118 runs with their brilliant bowling display and beat two-time champions Supernovas by 16 runs to lift their maiden Women’s T20 Challenge trophy.
The exciting final match turned out to be a low-scoring affair due to the slow surface. Barring Smriti Mandhana (68 off 49) outstanding knock, other batswomen from either side struggled to find run.
However, while batting first, Trailblazers could only be managed to score 118/8 in their limited 20 overs, but the credit goes to Radha Yadav’s (5/16) sensational five-wicket haul.
While chasing 118 runs, Supernovas could only be managed to score 102 runs for seven due to a sensational bowling performance by Bangladesh star Salma Khatun (3/18), and Trailblazers lift their maiden title.
The dew factor played better in the second half of the IPL, but Supernovas found it challenging from the word go on a slow surface. Apart from Salma Khatun, left-arm spinners Sophie Ecclestone (1/26) and Rajeshwari Gayakwad keeps things tight for Supernovas.
Ecclestone gives the early breakthrough of in-form Chamari Atapattu, and then Deepti Sharma (2/9) and Taniya Bhatia (14) were sent dugout to leave Supernovas struggling at 30 for two in seven overs.
Despite experienced skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (30 off 36) in the middle order, she could not break the shackles, left Supernovas to get 44 off the last five overs, and they failed to make it.
Earlier, Mandhana’s effort was the only bright spot for the Trailblazers in what turned out to be an ordinary batting effort after 71 for no loss in 11 overs.
After the ball got older, the experienced spin duo of Poonam Yadav and Shashikala Siriwardene cut the flow of runs and picks wickets each in the process.
However, Radha Yadav’s (5/16) sensational five-wicket haul became history to remember.
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