Welcome to Sportstar‘s LIVE coverage of the Women’s T20 Challenge match TBL vs SNO at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. This is Santadeep Dey, bringing you all the action as it unfolds at the venue.
TRAILBLAZERS VS SUPERNOVAS LIVE COMMENTARY
Matthews continues. Matthews cleans up Punia. Punia attempts to pull off the backfoot as Matthews foxes her with a slightly fuller delivery. The ball steams past the bat to hit the off-stump and the Supernovas have lost both openers after their brief flourishes.
SNO 63/1 in 7 overs: Poonam Yadav begins with a slew of tossed-up deliveries. Punia and Harleen work around the field for singles. Five runs from the over.
SNO 58/1 in 6 overs: Hayley Matthews into the attack. A couple of singles for the batters as Matthews maintains a tight line. Harleen charges to loft the ball over the bowler for two runs. Matthews strays down leg and Harleen sweeps the ball fine for four to end the PowerPlay.
SNO 50/1 in 5 overs: Arundhati Reddy replaces Renuka. Length ball and Dottin heaves the ball away through mid-wicket for another four. Reddy follows up with a dot ball. Slower-ball on length again and Dottin hammers the ball over mid-wicket for another six. Mix-up between the openers and Dottin perishes. A direct hit from Sharmin Akhter at square-leg to the non-striker’s and Dottin’s powerful charge is undone.
SNO 39/0 in 4 overs: Gayakwad tosses the ball outside off-stump and Punia eases into a crisp drive through cover for four. Four more as Punia brings out a late-cut to beat the short-third fielder.
SNO 29/0 in 3 overs: Dottin packs some serious punch as she fires two back-to-back slot balls straight down the ground. The last ball is a four as well, Dottin doesn’t get this off the meat of the bat but manages to beat the diving mid-on.
SNO 15/0 in 2 overs: Gayakwad extracts decent turn off the hard track, which has an even covering of grass. Angled into the pads and Dottin sweeps it fine. The ball trickles down to the fence.
SNO 8/0 in 1 over: There is a bit of swing on offer as Renuka’s second delivery shapes into the right-handed Dottin. Punia shimmies down the track to dispatch Renuka over long-on for the first six of the game.
Umpires Vrinda Rathi and N Janani make their way to the middle. Dottin and Punia will be open the batting for Supernovas. Renuka to get things going for the Trailblazers.
TRAILBLAZERS VS SUPERNOVAS PLAYING XI
TBL XI: Smriti Mandhana (c), Poonam Yadav (vc), Jemimah Rodrigues, Hayley Matthews, Sophia Dunkley, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Arundhati Reddy, Salma Khatun, Renuka Singh, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sharmin Akter
SNO XI: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Deandra Dottin, Priya Punia, Sune Luus, Harleen Deol, Taniya Bhatia (vc/wk), Sophie Ecclestone, Alana King, Chandu V, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh
WHAT THEY SAID
Smriti Mandhana: I was looking to field. So not really sad about losing the toss. We will try and select the best eleven possible.
Harmanpreet Kaur: We are going to bat first. It is the first game, so we want to play freely. The prep was great. It is now time to deliver. In the bowling attack, there are two experienced spinners, Indian pacers and myself. Looks like a good batting track.
TRAILBLAZERS VS SUPERNOVAS TOSS
Supernovas opt to bat.
TRAILBLAZERS VS SUPERNOVAS PITCH REPORT
“Pitch number nine is going to be used. During the IPL, three games were played on this pitch. Spinners got more purchase then. However, there is an even coating of grass and might not turn as much. It might skid through though, helping the batters as well. Teams may choose to bat first,” reckons Deep Dasgupta.
TRAILBLAZERS VS SUPERNOVAS PLAYING XI PREDICTION
TRAILBLAZERS: Smriti Mandhana (c), Hayley Matthews, Jemimah Rodrigues, Sharmin Akhter, Sabbhineni Meghana, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sophia Dunkley, Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Salma Khatun
SUPERNOVAS: Deandra Dottin, Priya Punia, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Sune Luus, Harleen Deol, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Sophie Ecclestone, Alana King, Mansi Joshi, Meghna Singh
TRAILBLAZERS VS SUPERNOVAS DREAM11 FANTASY TEAM
Wicketkeeper: Richa Ghosh
Batters: Smriti Mandhana, Deandra Dottin (c), Sabbhineni Meghana, Jemimah Rodrigues
All-rounders: Harmanpreet Kaur, Hayley Matthews (vc), Pooja Vastrakar
Bowlers: Sophie Ecclestone, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Alana King
Team Composition: TB 6:5 SW Credits Left: 0.0
TRAILBLAZERS VS SUPERNOVAS MATCH PREVIEW
A top-heavy Trailblazers unit will hope to get its Women’s T20 Challenge off to a winning start when it takes on Supernovas in the opening fixture in Pune on Monday.
Led by Smriti Mandhana, the defending champion boasts of a formidable batting arsenal.
The 25-year-old can rely on the services of India teammate Jemimah Rodrigues, and Sabineni Meghana, who impressed with her performances in India’s tour of New Zealand before the Women’s World Cup in March this year, besides Hayley Matthews and Sophia Dunkley who can work their way through the lineup. Richa Ghosh’s ability to finish a match round off this attack.
“We have quite a few top-order batters. We have had a few practice sessions and have tried to assess how each one performs in different situations. We will look to give everybody an opportunity,” Mandhana said ahead of the game.
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Harmanpreet Kaur, captain of Supernovas, has a potent lineup at her disposal herself. Deandra Dottin comes in after an impressive run with the bat and ball in the FairBreak Invitational 2022 and aiding her are the likes of Harman and Harleen Deol, whose 235-run haul in the Senior Women’s T20 Trophy included a 73-ball unbeaten 112. Pooja Vastrakar is a handy bat with a healthy strike rate while Sune Luus is happy to play sheath anchor if required.
Harmanpreet Kaur during a training session. – BCCI
Supernovas also have a lethal spin duo in World Cup finalists and rivals Alana King and Sophie Ecclestone. Dottin’s composure and efficacy in the death will also prove to be useful should the Trailblazers manage a fluent start.
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Mandhana has the assistance of fellow Maharashtra players Aarti Kedar and Maya Sonawane whose growth she says she is heartened by.
“Players like Arati and Shraddha (Pokharkar) make a captain’s job easier. They were able to nail their lines but now they can control how the ball goes too. That’s a handy trait in this tournament,” she added.
– Lavanya Lakshmi Narayanan
TRAILBLAZERS VS SUPERNOVAS SQUAD
TRAILBLAZERS: Smriti Mandhana (c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Sabbhineni Meghana, Sharmin Akhter, Richa Ghosh (w), Hayley Matthews, Sophia Dunkley, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Salma Khatun, Renuka Singh, Arundhati Reddy, Priyanka Priyadarshini, Saika Ishaque, Shradda Bhau Pokharkar, Sujata Mallik
SUPERNOVAS: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Muskan Malik, Priya Punia, Taniya Bhatia(w), Deandra Dottin, Harleen Deol, Pooja Vastrakar, Sune Luus, Sophie Ecclestone, Alana King, Ayushi Soni, Mansi Joshi, Meghna Singh, Monica Patel, V Chandu, Rashi Kanojiya
WHERE TO WATCH TRAILBLAZERS VS SUPERNOVAS, IPL 2022 LIVE?
All Women’s T20 Challenge matches will be broadcast on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3, and Star Sports 3 HD channels in India. Disney+ Hotstar is the official streaming partner.
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