T20 challenge:

Trailblazers captain Smriti Mandhana plays a shot during the final of the Jio Women’s T20 Challenge 2020 between the Trailblazers and the Supernovas at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium Nov. 9 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (IPL Twitter/ANI photo)

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates  – The Smriti Mandhana-led Trailblazers lifted their maiden Women’s T20 Challenge trophy after they outclassed two-time champions Supernovas by 16 runs in the summit clash at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here Nov. 9 night.

Put to bat, Mandhana’s scintillating 68 (49 balls, 5x4s, 3x6s), along with Deandra Dottin’s 20, took Trailblazers to a fighting 118/8 wickets in 20 overs.

It was left-arm spinner Radha Yadav’s (5/16) brilliant bowling effort towards the end that wreaked havoc on the Trailblazers’ middle-order as barring Richa Ghosh (10), the other batswomen failed to touch the double-digit mark.

Meanwhile, Yadav also became the first player to claim a five-wicket haul in the history of the Women’s T20 Challenge.

Chasing the paltry target, Supernovas never looked in control as Trailblazers bowlers clicked in unison, jolting them at regular intervals.

Trailblazers skipper Harmanpreet Kaur tried her best to help her team cross the line with a gritty 30-run knock. However, she lacked support from other batswomen.

Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniya Bhatia and Shashikala Siriwardene chipped in with 13, 14 and 19 runs, respectively, but they all failed to convert the start as Trailblazers fell short by 16 runs in their 20 overs.

Bangladeshi off-spinner Salma Khatun (3/18) was the wrecker-in-chief for Trailblazers while Deepti Sharma and Sophie Ecclestone settled with two and one wicket, respectively.

Mandhana was adjudged ‘Player of the Final’ and Yadav was named ‘Player of the Series.’

Brief scores: Trailblazers: 118/8 wickets in 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 68, Deandra Dottin 20, Radha Yadav 5/16) beat Supernovas: 102/7 wickets in 20 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 30, Shashikala Siriwardene 19, Salma 3/18, Deepti 2/9) by 16 runs.

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