Trailblazers win tense Women’s T20 Challenge final

Captain Smriti Mandhana scored a crucial half-century as the Trailblazers won the Women’s T20 Challenge for the first time with a 16-run victory over the Supernovas; Radha Yadav’s 5-16 comes in vain for the defending champions

Last Updated: 09/11/20 5:57pm

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Trailblazers beat Supernovas by 16 runs to win the 2020 Women’s T20 Challenge.
Trailblazers beat Supernovas by 16 runs to win the 2020 Women’s T20 Challenge.

The Trailblazers claimed their first Women’s T20 Challenge title after beating defending champions Supernovas in a low-scoring final.

Captain Smriti Mandhana scored a superb 68 from 49 balls as the Trailblazers made a strong start but a dramatic collapse of 7-48 late in the innings saw them finish on 118-8, having been 71-0 after 11 overs, with left-arm spinner Radha Yadav (5-16) claiming the tournament’s first five-wicket haul.

Sophie Ecclestone (1-26) made the early breakthrough the Trailblazers needed defending such a low total, trapping the dangerous Chamari Athapaththu lbw in her first over and the Supernovas failed to gather any real momentum throughout the innings on a slow pitch in Sharjah.

Supernovas skipper Harmanpreet Kaur tried to hold the innings but was struggling with an injury and when she was bowled by Selma Khatun (3-18) in the 19th over, the Trailblazers were on the brink.

Trailblazers captain Smriti Mandhana scored a vital half-century to set her side on the way to victory
Trailblazers captain Smriti Mandhana scored a vital half-century to set her side on the way to victory

Ecclestone rounded out the game with a solid final over, denying the two-time champions a third trophy on the spin and leaving the Trailblazers to celebrate.

More to follow…

Source : Sky Sports