Women's T20 Challenge: Harmanpreet hopeful of more matches next year

Supernovas skipper Harmanpreet Kaur said that she was surprised to learn that thousands of people were standing outside the Sawai Mansingh Stadium gates to come in.

Harmanpreet Kaur said the tournament has been "a great one" for women’s cricket.   -  SPORTZPICS

Supernovas skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, whose instrumental 37-ball 51 aided her side to a four wicket- triumph over Velocity in the Women's T20 Challenge final on Saturday, was absolutely delighted she could display her skills in front of a 15,000-strong crowd.

Chasing a modest 122 set by Velocity, Supernovas was in deep trouble at 64 for five with just six overs and a half remaining. The captain, however, sensing the pressure build-up unleashed a series of stunning shots against what was an inspired effort by the bowlers to help Supernovas retain the Women’s T20 Challenge crown.

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“Playing before such a big crowd was amazing,” Harmanpreet said.

“Later I was surprised to learn that thousands of people were standing outside the gates to come in," the 30-year old added.

She said the tournament had been a great one for the women’s game and her personally. “We wanted to play a T20 league in India and I am happy with the way it went,” she said.

“All of us have learnt a lot from the tournament. I hope there would be more games next year.”

Harmanpreet also gave credit to Radha Yadav, the 19-year-old who finished off the job after she was dismissed with four balls to spare. When one was required off the last ball, the left-arm spinner unleashed a cracking shot through the covers.

“I was happy with Radha’s approach,” she said. “I did half the job and she finished it.”