Welcome to Sportstar‘s LIVE coverage of the Women’s T20 Challenge match between Trailblazers and Supernovas 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
Stay tuned! The live coverage begins at 7:30PM IST.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.