Supernovas wins last-ball thriller

Suzie Bates was bowled by Ellyse Perry for 32.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

5:25 pm: Suzie Bates has been named the player of the match for her all-round showing: She made 32 runs with the bat, helping Trailblazers post 129/6 batting first, and then, she almost (!) helped her team win the match with the ball by picking the wickets of Sophie Devine and Harmanpreet Kaur and conceding only 16 runs in three overs.

5:12 pm: SUPERNOVAS WIN! Pooja throws her bat at a length ball on off-stump, gets an inside edge that takes the ball through the infield on the onside and allows the batsmen to scamper for a run. Supernovas wins by three wickets! Ellyse Perry remains unbeaten on 13 (14 balls), with Pooja, who hit the winning run, also finishing unbeaten on two runs off three balls. Suzie Bates the pick of the bowlers for Trailblazers with figures of two for 16 in three overs. She almost defended four in the last over!

5:11 pm: One run needed off the last ball. Ellyse Perry managed only a single off the penultimate ball. Smriti Mandhana has brought in pretty much every fielder trying to stop the single.

5:10 pm: Two runs required from two balls. Pooja takes a single to put Ellyse Perry on strike.

5:09 pm: Nail biting! Three runs required from three balls. Ellyse Perry is off strike.

5:05 pm: WICKET! Mona Meshram fails to ground her bat and Smriti Mandhana hits the stump direct. The run out importantly saves a run for Trailblazers, which has Suzie Bates trying to defend four runs from the last over. Supernovas 126/7 after 19 overs.

5:01 pm: Supernovas needs 10 runs to win with 12 balls left. Ellyse Perry and Mona Meshram in the middle, looking to get the job done. Ekta Bisht is bowling the 19th over.

4:54 pm: WICKET! A twist in the tale? Suzie Bates picks up her second wicket, Harmanpreet Kaur holes out at long-on and is dismissed for a 23-ball 21. Supernovas now 113/6, needs 17 more runs from 21 balls.

4:51 pm: WICKET! Jhulan Goswami cleans up Veda Krishnamurthy with a yorker. Supernovas now 112/5. Ellyse Perry has joined Harmanpreet Kaur.

4:44 pm: WICKET! Sophie Devine is bowled by Suzie Bates for a 19-ball 20. Devine tried to slog a middle-stump ball to deep midwicket, but the ball sneaked under her bat and hit the middle stump flush. Supernovas 108/4, needs 22 more runs from 30 balls.

4:37 pm: Poonam Pandey finishes her spell, taking two wickets (Danielle Wyatt and Meg Lanning) for 21 runs. Supernovas needs 40 more runs from 42 balls. Harmanpreet Kaur and Sophie Devine have been solid so far.

4:32 pm: Poonam Pandey's third over produces seven runs for Supernovas, which has moved to 81/3 after 11 overs. It needs 49 more runs from 54 balls for a victory.

4:23 pm: WICKET! A second wicket in two overs for Poonam Pandey. Meg Lanning, trying to hit a six over long-off, hasn't managed to clear the fielder (Jemimah Rodrigues) and is out for 14. Supernovas is 71/3 at the end of nine overs. Sophie Devine has joined Harmanpreet Kaur. 59 more runs required for Supernovas.

4:15 pm: WICKET! Danielle Wyatt holes out at long-on trying to clear Beth Mooney, who was patrolling the long-on boundary. She is out for a 20-ball 24. Poonam Pandey picks up her first wicket in her first over. Supernovas 58/2 at the end of the seventh over.

4:11 pm: Supernovas is off to an ideal start, reaching 51/1 at the end of the powerplay. It needs 89 more runs to win, from 14 overs. (We are witnessing batting of the highest quality from Danielle Wyatt in the middle and Mithali Raj, who has just been dismissed. The shots these two have played have been from the textbook. The bowlers have not erred much in line or length but the genius of the batsmen has been such that the runs have come easily, with Wyatt and Mithali finding the gaps between the fielders in the 30-yard circle for fours and connecting sweetly on two occasions to clear the boundary when the ball was in the driving arc!)

4:09 pm: WICKET! Mithali Raj is out for 17-ball 22 trying to drive a dipping full toss from Ekta Bisht through the gap between mid-on and short midwicket; she pulls her on-drive slightly squarer and is caught by the fielder at short midwicket.

4:06 pm: 11 runs come off the fifth over, which also produced the first six of the match: a lofted drive from Mithali Raj to an inviting half-volley sends the ball sailing over the rope. Supernovas 40/0.

Bowling change, Shikha Pandey is into the attack, replacing Jhulan Goswami.

4:02 pm: 10 runs come off the fourth over, Supernovas is 29/0 after four overs. It needs 101 runs off 16 overs to win the Women's T20 Challenger.

3:53 pm: Supernovas is off to a decent start, reaching 11/0 at the end of second over. Mithali Raj has struck a couple of fours, but Goswami and Lea Tahuhu have bowled a good line and length, keeping the two Supernovas opener on a leash.

3:43 pm: Supernovas' chase is about to get underway. Mithali Raj is opening the batting along with Danielle Wyatt. Jhulan Goswami has the new ball in hand. Be ready for some fireworks!

Trailblazers finishes with 129/6 in 20 overs. Suzie Bates was the top-scorer with 32, while Jemimah Rodrigues' 23-ball 25 and Deepti Sharma's 22 were also vital to Trailblazers recovering from a poor start. Megan Schutt was the pick of the Supernovas bowlers with figures of two for 18. Target for Supernovas is 130 runs in 20 overs.

3:24 pm: WICKET! Suzie Bates is bowled by Ellyse Perry for 32 off 37 balls. Trailblazers 123/6 with eight legal deliveries remaining. Danielle Hazell is the new batsman in.

3:19 pm: Two overs remain and Trailblazers now 113/5. It seems set to reach 125 or so.

3:11 pm: WICKET! Jemimah Rodrigues holes out at long-on for a 23-ball 25; Ellyse Perry acrobatically dived forward to take that catch. Trailblazers now 103/5 (16 overs), with Shikha Pandey joining Suzie Bates, who has held this innings together and is still unbeaten on 28 (off 32 balls). Anuja Patil has picked up her first wicket.

Jemimah Rodrigues has joined Suzie Bates, Trailblazers 65/4 at the halfway stage.

2:41 pm: WICKET! Deepti Sharma chips one to short mid-wicket, looking to work a delivery on middle and leg stump to the onside. She falls for a 22-ball 21 and Trailblazers has slipped to 58/4 at the end of the ninth over.

2:30 pm: The powerplay produces 43 runs for the loss of three wickets for Trailblazers. Suzie Bates and Deepti Sharma looking to steady the ship, their partnership worth17 so far.

Deepti Sharma has joined Suzie Bates.

2:17 pm: WICKET! Third wicket down for Trailblazers, with Beth Mooney dismissed by Megan Schutt for a run-a-ball four. She falls in identical fashion to Smriti Mandhana, picking out the fielder at mid-on. Trailblazers 26/3 midway through the fourth over.

2:11 pm: WICKET! Smriti Mandhana, the other opener and captain of Trailblazers, has also perished, for a nine-ball 14. Ellyse Perry induces an aerial shot from the left-hander, who doesn't manage to clear Harmanpreet Kaur at mid-on. An action-packed start to this exhibition T20 match, which has had a flurry of fours being hit but two big wickets have fallen too.

2:07 pm: WICKET! Alyssa Healy is out for 7. Trying to carve a length ball from Megan Schutt over the ring of fielders on the offside, she picks out the fielder at cover. Trailblazers 17/1 after two overs.

2:00 pm: Anuja Patil to open the bowling for Supernovas. Alyssa Healy and Smriti Mandhana are the openers for Trailblazers.

Meanwhile, the news from the centre is Supernovas has won the toss and decided to field first.

Harmanpreet Kaur: "The wicket is looking good to bat on but there is some grass on it so we would want to make use of that. It is a great moment for us, we were waiting for this for the last 10 years."

Smriti Mandhana: "Thankful to BCCI for this historic match, hopefully it will be a historic moment for many more IPL matches.  I have Suzie Baties who has been leading the NZ team for a couple of years. I have told her 'whenever you want you can help me'. She let out not many but some secrets from the New Zealand dressing room."

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