Women's T20 Challenge Final Highlights: Trailblazers wins Women's IPL title, beats Supernovas by 16 runs

SUP vs TRA, Women's IPL T20 Challenge Highlights: Trailblazers beats Supernovas by 16 runs to win the Women's T20 Challenge at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Radha Yadav was star performer with the ball, picking a five-wicket haul, the first in Women's T20 Challenge.   -  IPL

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's Live coverage of the final of the Women's T20 Challenge 2020 between Trailblazers and Supernovas at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah at 7:30 PM IST.

Result: Trailblazers beats Supernovas by 16 runs to win the Women's T20 Challenge.

SPN 91/4 after 18 overs: Supernovas needs 28 in 12 balls, Harmanpreet holds key and Jhulan Goswami misses a run-out chance.

SPN 85/4 after 17 overs: Top stuff from Salma Khatun as just four comes from her over and this is Trailblazers match to lose.

SPN 81/4 after 16 overs: Harmanpreet is playing a gem here, battling injury but the experienced Rajeshwari Gayakwad bowls a brilliant over, giving just six from her final over.

SPN 75/4 after 15 overs: Salma Khatun strikes and she picks the veteran Siriwardene and Trailblazers clearly on top. Harmapreet is still out there, but she is struggling, big time. 44 runs from 30 balls.

SPN 70/3 after 14 overs: Supernovas needs 49 runs in 36 balls and Harmanpreet, battling injury is keeping her team in the fight. Shashikala Siriwardene, too trying her hard as the duo rotate the strike and keep the scorecard ticking.

SPN 63/3 after 13 overs: Salma Khatun, right-arm off break introduced into the attack and she has maintained the pressure on Supernovas. Harmanpreet, clearly struggling as she has picked an injury but there is no substitute runner as the rule was scratched out.

SPN 58/3 after 12 overs: Siriwardene picks a boundary but Ecclestone does an excellent job, giving just six runs from her third over. Spin, spin and spin. That's the route Smriti Mandhana has taken.

SPN 52/3 after 11 overs: Deepti Sharma concedes just four from her third over and this has been exceptional from the spinner. Supernovas needs 67 from 54 balls.

SPN 48/3 after 10 overs: Harmanpreet releases the pressure as she guides one to the fine leg fence and Harleen Deol, starts with a touch expensive over, giving nine from her first.

SPN 39/3 after 9 overs: This is top stuff from Trailblazers as Deepti Sharma strikes to remove Jemimah Rodrigues and what a fantastic catch from Chantam at covers. Important wicket and Trailblazers all over Supernovas.

SPN 36/2 after 8 overs: Jemimah breaks away from the shakles with a boundary to the deep mid-wicket but the asking rate has climbed up to 7.01. Trailblazers winning key moments with spin, the same how Supernovas chocked them.

SPN 30/2 after 7 overs: Deepti Sharma strikes and she removes Taniya Bhatia. Trailblazers are making this a very difficult run chase as skipper Harmanpreet Kaur joins Jemimah Rodrigues. 

SPN 28/1 after 6 overs: End of Powerplay and Supernovas have done well to not lose a wicket but they haven's scored either. Trailblazers believe they are in this match, especially with the track offering support for the spinners.

SPN 24/1 after 5 overs: Tania and Jemimah have stitched a partnership here and they just need to keep the scorecard ticking as the required rate is 6.33. A couple of good overs and Supernovas will be on cruise mode. 

SPN 18/1 after 4 overs: Well this isn't a cakewalk as Sophie Ecclestone almost got another wicket, but there was no slip in place and she wasn't happy. Rodrigues and Bhatia, biding time, before they open up.

SPN 12/1 after 3 overs: Tania Bhatia is off the mark and she joins Jemimah Rodrigues. Supernovas need a partnership but Trailblazers will be aware that wickets are the only way to halt the opposition from pocketing third straight title. 

SPN 10/1 after 2 overs: Just the start Trailblazers wanted while defending a low total and Sophie Ecclestone strikes early to remove Chamari Athapaththu. Excellent review from Smriti Mandhana and a couple more, Supernovas will be under serious pressure.

SPN 3/0 after 1 over: Jhulan starts with an excellent first over as she gives just three. Chamari is off the mark but Rodrigues is yet to tick the run box.

Alright we are back for the chase and if Supernovas bat sensibly they should get the target to claim third title in the row. Jhulan Goswami needs to wreck havic and it will be Chamari Athapathuthu and Jemimah Rodrigues who will start the chase. 

End of Innings: Trailblazers post 118/8 in 20 overs.

Radha Yadav starred with the ball - 4-0-16-5 - the first five-for in women's T20 Challenge and Supernovas with their spinners chocked Trailblazers to a modest total. A phenomenal spell from Radha has undermined the brilliant half-century from Smriti Mandhana. Back for the chase.

TRL 117/4 after 19 overs: Another tight over from Anuja Patil and Trailblazers managed just 32 runs from the last six overs. Top stuff from Supernovas.

TRL 113/4 after 18 overs: Excellent captaincy from Harmanpreet Kaur as Radha Yadav takes two wickets and Trailblazers have fallen apart after the fall of Smriti Mandhana.

TRL 108/2 after 17 overs: Top stuff from Shashikala Siriwardene as she finishes with 4-0-22-1 and Trailblazers in desperate need for some momentum. Credit to Supernovas for pulling things back.

TRL 103/2 after 16 overs: Excellent spell from Poonam Yadav as she strangles the batswomen and finishes with 4-0-23-1. Not easy for Richa Ghosh and Deepti Sharma to tee off straightaway.

TRL 101/2 after 15 overs: Shashikala Siriwardene strikes and she gets the prized scalp of Smriti Mandhana. Bhatia behind the stumps does an excellent job as she whips the bails before Smriti could ground her feet. Big moment in the match.

TRL 93/1 after 14 overs: Clever bowling from Anuja Patil as he bowls slower through the air, and makes the batswomen reach for the delivery, there by cutting the pace with which Smriti was working. Trailblazers need a good finish on the back of their skipper's fine show with the bat.

TRL 89/1 after 13 overs: Trailblazers going at 6.85 runs per over and Richa Ghosh needs to keep rotating the strike and allow Smriti Mandhana face as many deliveries as possible. The skipper is batting beautifully in the middle with an unbeaten 43-ball 62.

TRL 85/1 after 12 overs: Excellent half-century from Smriti Mandhana and what a captain's knock she has played. Gets to the landmark with a boundary and then skips down the track to smoke Poonam for a maximum to make it a 14-run over.

TRL 71/0 after 11 overs: Shashikala Siriwardene starts in a decent fashion as five runs come from her over. Supernovas might not have picked a wicket but they have not let Trailblazers run away.

TRL 66/0 after 10 overs: The partnership has been worth 67 off 62 and this has been a fine start. Smriti is approaching her half-century.

TRL 62/0 after 9 overs: Anuja Patil has bowled another tight over and it's Dottin who is playing the maximum number of deliveries with Smriti being stranded on 43. Supernovas are pulling things back.

TRL 59/0 after 8 overs: Poonam Yadav with her spin has brought the scoring down as only three runs come from her first over. It's Mandhana's wicket that Supernovas are eyeing as Dottin has played the role of a second fiddle, to perfection.

TRL 56/0 after 7 overs: Time-out! There is no stopping Smriti as she smacks Vastrakar for a maximum over long-off and a half-century is on the cards. Supernovas in need for wickets...

TRL 45/0 after 6 overs: Excellent start from Trailblazers but Radha Yadav bowls an excellent tight over, giving just four runs from her second over.

TRL 41/0 after 5 overs: Fabulous batting from Smriti Mandhana as she unleashes a powerful backfoot drive as Trailblazers are off to a perfect start in the grand finale.

TRL 33/0 after 4 overs: Radha Yadav bowls a tight over and concedes just six, considering the way Smriti is going at the moment. The skipper has raced off to 24 off just 13 balls.

TRL 27/0 after 3 overs: Fantastic batting from the skipper and Trailblazers off to a brilliant start. Smriti has got her eye in and with yet another boundary, this time through the covers gets her team to a cracking start.

TRL 20/0 after 2 overs: Smriti is off to a flying start as she hits Anuja Patil for 14 runs, including two consecutive boundaries and a six, which was the pick of the shot. Skips down the track and smokes it high over long-off for a maximum.

TRL 6/0 after 1 over: Dottin gets going with a boundary, driven firmly down the ground and Trailblazers are off the mark.

Right then we are all set for the final of the Women's T20 and it will be Smriti Mandhana along with Deandra Dottin. For Supernovas it will be Ayabonga Khaka with the new ball.

Toss: Supernovas wins toss, opts to bowl first against Trailblazers.

Playing XI

Supernovas: Chamari Athapaththu, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Shashikala Siriwardene, Anuja Patil, Radha Yadav, Pooja Vastrakar, Shakera Selman, Taniya Bhatia(w), Poonam Yadav, Ayabonga Khaka

Trailblazers: Deandra Dottin, Smriti Mandhana(c), Richa Ghosh(w), Nuzhat Parween, Deepti Sharma, Harleen Deol, Sophie Ecclestone, Nattakan Chantam, Salma Khatun, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami



 

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All you need to know

What: Women's T20 Challenge 2020, Trailblazers vs Supernovas

When: Final, November 9 at 7:30 PM, IST

Where: Trailblazers vs Supernovas, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

TV Channel – Star Sports

Online platform – Disney+Hotstar

Supernovas and Trailblazers come face to face for the second time in three days. The stakes are higher this time around, with the Women's T20 Challenge trophy up for grabs.

Predicted Playing XI

Trailblazers Probable XI: Smriti Mandhana (C), Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Richa Ghosh (wk), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Deandra Dottin, Nattakan Chantam, Harleen Deol, D Hemalatha, Sophie Ecclestone, Salma Khatun

Supernovas Probable XI: Harmanpreet Kaur (C) Chamati Athapaththu, Priya Punia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shashikala Siriwardene, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shakela Selman, Ayabonga Khaka, Poonam Yadav

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If their last meeting is anything to go by, there is certainly much to look forward to in the final at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday. Supernovas, the winner of the tournament's two previous editions, had won that thriller by two runs, with left-arm spinner Radha Yadav bowling a superb last over.

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DATE & DAYMATCHESTIME  (IST)VENUES
November 5, ThursdayMumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals7:30 PMDubai
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November 8, SundayQualifier 2 - Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals7:30 PMAbu Dhabi
November 10, TuesdayFinal - Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals7:30 PMDubai

 

And it was a must-win match for Harmanpreet Kaur's women as a loss would have knocked them out. Having won the nail-biting thriller, they have the momentum heading into the summit clash.

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The squads:

Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Jemimah Rodrigues, Chamari Atapattu (SL), Priya Punia, Anuja Patil, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Shashikala Siriwardene (SL), Poonam Yadav, Shakera Selman (WI), Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Ayushi Soni, Ayabonga Khaka (SA) and Muskan Malik.

Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (captain), Deepti Sharma, Punam Raut, Richa Ghosh, D. Hemalatha, Nuzhat Parween (wicket-keeper), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Harleen Deol, Jhulan Goswami, Simran Dil Bahadur, Salma Khatun (Ban), Sophie Ecclestone (Eng), Natthakan Chantham (Tha), Deandra Dottin (WI) and Kashvee Gautam.