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Women’s T20 Challenge, Supernovas vs Trailblazers: 5 players to watch out for

Here are top 5 players to watch out for from the Women’s T20 Challenge match between Supernovas and Trailblazers at Jaipur on Monday.

cricket Updated: May 06, 2019 11:49 IST
HT Correspondent
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Women’s T20 Challenge,Supernovas vs Trailblazers,Women's IPL
Harmanpreet Kaur’s Supernovas will take on Smriti Mandhana-led Trailblazers in the Women’s T20 Challenge match at Jaipur on Monday.(BCCI)

Supernovas will lock horns with Trailblazers in the first match of Women’s T20 Challenge, which is being deemed as a dry run for Women’s IPL at Jaipur on Monday.

Four matches will be played among the three teams at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium with Supernovas taking on Trailblazers in the tournament opener. The other team in the tournament is Velocity, which will be led by Indian women’s team stalwart Mithali Raj.

The Supernovas will be led by Harmanpreet Kaur and Trailblazers will play under Smriti Mandhana.

Both sides have some power-packed players from across the globe. The Trailblazers are the more experienced side of the two on paper with the likes of Stefanie Taylor, Suzie Bates, Jhulan Goswami and Smriti Mandhana up their sleeves. But the Supernovas have some exciting young talent and a dynamic captain in Harmanpreet Kaur. New Zealanders Sophie Divine, Lea Tahuhu and Sri Lankan batswoman Chamari Athapaththu are some of the noted overseas cricketers in the Trailblazers side.

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Here are top 5 players to watch out for from the Women’s T20 Challenge match between Supernovas and Trailblazers

Harmanpreet Kaur

The flag bearer of Indian women’s cricket in foreign leagues – Women’s Big Bash in Australia and Kia Super League in England - Harmanpreet has been a standout performer in the shortest format of the game. She would have the responsibility of steering the ship for Supernovas against Trailblazers on Friday.

Smriti Mandhana

The No. 1 ranked ODI batswoman Smriti Mandhana took batting to a new level in the Kia Super League in England. Playing for the Western Storm, Mandhana broke a number of records including the joint fastest fifty in women’s cricket and the highest run in a single season of the tournament. Even in the T20 World Cup last year, she was India’s best batter on display.

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Sophie Devine

With 83 T20Is behind her back, New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine is one of the most experienced players in the Women’s T20 Challenge. She is expected to bat in the top order for Supernovas and also chip in with a few overs with her medium pace in the middle.

Suzie Bates

Former New Zealand Women’s team captain Suzie Bates has 3100 runs in the shortest format of the game in 111 matches. The 31-year-old is known for her ability to shift gears. She is very good against the spinners too. Devine gave a proof of that during India’s tour to New Zealand earlier this year, when she returned as one of the top run-scorers of the series. Along with West Indies’ Stefanie Taylor and India’s Mandhana, Bates forms the core of the Trailblazers’ batting line-up.

Poonam Yadav

The crafty Indian leg-spinner was recently recommended for the Arjuna Award by BCCI for outstanding contribution to women’s cricket in the last few years. Poonam is currently the No. 2 ranked bowler in the Women’s T20I rankings and will lead the Supernovas bowling attack on Monday.

Women’s T20 Challenge Teams:

Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (wk)

Overseas players: Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Natalie Sciver (England), Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka), Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand)

Coach: WV Raman

Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (c), Bharti Fulmali, Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Harleen Deol, Jasia Akhtar, Jhulan Goswami, R Kalpana (wk), Rajeshwari Gayakwad

Overseas Players: Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Shakera Selman (West Indies)

Coach: Biju George

First Published: May 06, 2019 11:48 IST