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‘Love the Women’s T20 Challenge’: Supernovas starts their campaign with a comfortable win over Trailblazers

By Alan

May 23, 2022

Trailblazers and Supernovas faced each other in the opening match of the Women’s T20 Challenge 2022 at the MCA stadium in Pune. The 2019 winners won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers, Priya Punia and Deandra Dottin provided a great start by scoring 50 runs in five overs. Dottin (32 off 17) was going well but her inning was cut short by Sharmin Akhtar who ran out the West Indian.

Two overs later, Punia (22) was the second wicket to fall as she was clean bowled by Hayley Matthews. Harleen Doel, who came in after the fall of the first wicket, scored 35 off 19 balls including five fours. Deol was trapped lbw by Salma Khatun in the 12th over of the innings. Sune Luss came in and the scoring rate decreased courtesy her struggle at the crease. She could score only 10 off 11 balls before getting out to Rajeshwari Gaikwad.

This wicket triggered a collapse as the team went from 121/3 to 163 all-out. Harmanpreet Kaur (37) and Pooja Vastrakar (14) reached the double-digit mark while the rest got out within the 10-run mark. For the 2020 winners, Matthews took three wickets, Khatun took two and the likes of Gaikwad and Poonam Yadav took one each. In reply, the Smriti Mandhana-led side had a decent start as the openers played steadily.

Skipper herself and Matthews scored 39 runs in the first five overs. Matthews (18) tried to play over cover but was caught behind by Taniya Bhatia off Vastrakar. Vastrakar took her second wicket in the eighth over in the form of the opposition skipper, who scored 34 off 23 balls. Next batter, Sophia Dunkley (1) got out in the same over. This was the turning point for the Trailblazers. From 65/2, they slipped to 77/7 in no time.

Vastrakar completed a four-wicket haul which proved to be decisive. The only hopes for the Trailblazers, Jenimah Rodrigues (24) fell to Meghna Singh which pretty much ended the game. They ended being restricted to 114/9, losing the game by a big margin of 49 runs

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