Supernovas beat Trailblazers in IPL 2018 women’s one-off T20 cricket match
The Supernovas registered a nervous three-wicket victory over The Trailblazers in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 Women’s Exhibition match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.
The contest that featured some of the biggest names in women’s cricket such as Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Ellyse Perry, Meg Lanning, Suzie Bates and Danielle Wyatt, the two teams consisted players from India, New Zealand, England and Australia.
The exhibition match consisted of 13 players on each side to take field, with 11 per side available to bat or bowl.
After being asked to bat first, The Trailblazers scored 129/6 powered by Bates’ 37-ball 32, with Megan Schutt and Ellyse claiming two wickets each.
Chasing 130 to win, The Supernovas ended the game on the last ball with Pooja Vastrakar scoring the winning run.
In their reply, The Supernovas were off to a strong start. The pair of Mithali Raj (22) and England’s Danielle Wyatt (24) added 47 runs inside five overs to set their team a strong foundation.
Mithali set the tone early on smacking her India teammate Jhulan Goswami for a couple of boundaries in the first over, and turned up heat on Shikha Pandey, stepping down the track to hit the first six of the match. Mithali followed that spectacular stroke with a four.
Danielle followed soon when she lifted a delivery off Ekta Bisht over cover for the second six, but Supernovas were jolted immediately with Mithali falling for a 20-ball 24, caught by Beth Mooney.
Meg Lanning perished looking for a big hit against Poonam Yadav in the ninth over, but not before hitting Danni Hazell for two consecutive fours to keep the scoreboard ticking.
New Zealand’s Sophie Devine and Harmanpreet Kaur joined forces to take their team ahead. Their partnership remained unthreatened mostly, but Sophie had a nervous moment when The Trailblazers’ wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy ran behind to take a one-handed stunner.
Unfortunately for the Australian wicketkeeper, the ball popped out of her left hand as she hit the ground.
Sophie was eventually dismissed for a 20-ball 19, after adding 35 vital runs for the fourth wicket with Harmanpreet.
The Supernovas suffered a further scare when their captain Harmanpreet was caught at long-on off Bates, with another 17 runs left to score their victory.
Earlier in the contest, Kiwi skipper Suzie Bates scored 32 whereas Indian pair of Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma contributed with 25 and 21 respectively to take The Trailblazers to 129/6 in their allotted 20 overs.
Australian pacer Megan Schutt moved the ball impressively to end with the figures of 4-0-18-2, whereas her compatriot Ellyse Perry finished with 2/20 in her three overs. The Supernovas had earlier won the toss and had invited the women in pink — The Trailblazers — to bat first.