Trailblazers and Supernovas are set to play the last league game of the 2020 edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge on Saturday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Smriti Mandhana’s Trailblazers must be brimming with confidence after turning over the Velocity by nine wickets and with 73 balls to spare.
Their bowlers bowled the opponent out for 47 and have a stupendous net run rate of +3.905. It can be said that barring something miraculous, the Trailblazers are already through to the final. The Supernovas only need a victory to qualify for the final.
Harmanpreet Kaur and Co would want to make amends after their defeat at the hands of Velocity in the opening game. In the meantime, the Velocity don’t have their fate in their hands and need Trailblazers to win in order to play the final.
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The pitch in Sharjah has turned out to be an extremely slow one. Run-making hasn’t been easy by any stretch of the imagination. However, since the last league game will be played under the lights, the dew factor might make life a tad easier for the batters.
Hence, batting second should be the way forward. The temperature will be around 28 degrees Celsius with the humidity in the low-50s.
Playing Combinations for TRA vs SUP
Deandra Dottin, Smriti Mandhana (C), Richa Ghosh (wk), Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma Dayalan Hemalatha, Nattakan Chantam, Salma Khatun, Sophie Ecclestone, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami
Bench: Simran Bahadur, Kashvee Gautam, Punam Raut, Nuzhat Parveen
Chamari Athapaththu, Priya Punia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Shashikala Siriwardene, Pooja Vastrakar/Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Radha Yadav, Shakera Selman, Poonam Yadav, Ayobanga Khaka
Bench– Muskan Malik, Arundhati Reddy, Ayushi Soni, Anuja Patil/Pooja Vastrakar
Probable Top Performers for TRA vs SUP
Sophie Ecclestone– Trailblazers
Sophie Ecclestone is the number-one ranked T20I bowler in the world and on Thursday, November 5, she proved the reasons behind the same. She wreaked havoc in the Velocity top-order as she picked up four crucial wickets.
On the back of her stupendous show, Trailblazers got over the line. She also got the Player of the Match award. Her teams will be looking up to her for another decent spell.
Chamari Athapaththu– Supernovas
Having scored over 4,200 runs at the highest level, Chamari Athapaththu has been the standout batter for Sri Lanka over many years. She was excellent in the 2020 T20 World Cup and she showed her class even against the Velocity.
The left-hander notched 44 runs off 39 balls with the help of two fours and as many sixes. She top-scored for her team before pacer Jahanara Alam dismissed her.
TRA vs SUP Head to Head
Played- 2 |TRA won- 1 | SUP won- 1 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 98 (2 matches in Women’s T20 Challenge 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 2 | Lost- 0
Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.
The prediction is for the team, batting second to win the match.