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TB vs SW, Women’s T20 Challenge Match 1, MPL Prediction and Top Picks

Match: Trailblazers vs Supernovas (TB vs SW)

Date: May 23, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST

Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune

The fourth edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge kicks off on May 23 with the match between Trailblazers and Supernovas. Three teams will lock horns in the four-match tournament, the final of which will be played on May 28. All the four games will be placed at the MCA Stadium in Pune, which recently hosted a few of the men’s IPL games as well. 

The tournament was first played in 2018 when just one exhibition game was held between the Supernovas and Trailblazers. Next year, the BCCI added one more team to the tournament – Velocity – and made it a three-team tournament.

In all possibility, this could be the last edition of the series as the BCCI plans to start an IPL for women next year onwards. 

The Supernovas, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, have the likes of Sophie Ecclestone, Deandra Dottin, Alana King, Harleen Deol and Sune Luus in their squad. The Trailblazers, led by Smriti Mandhana, boast of big names like Hayley Matthews, Sophia Dunkley, Poonam Yadav and Rajeshwari Gayakwad among others. 

The Trailblazers are the defending champions while the Supernovas are the losing finalists of the last season. 

Ahead of Women’s T20 Challenge match 1, let’s look at the head to head total of both teams, the pitch report, weather update, MPL top picks and more.

TB vs SW, Women’s T20 Challenge Match 1, Weather Update & Pitch Report

The pitch at the MCA stadium is good for batting. It assists the pacers better than the spinners. The average first innings total here in overall T20s is 170 and the teams batting first have a win percentage of 46.3.  

The temperature in Pune at the time of the match will be around 30 degrees. No rain has been forecast and we are likely in for an uninterrupted game of cricket.

TB vs SW Injury News and Predicted XI

Trailblazers Team news – The Trailblazers will be led by Smriti Mandhana while Poonam Yadav will be Mandhana’s deputy. The four overseas players in the team are Hayley Matthews, Salma Khatun, Sharmin Akhter and Sophia Dunkley.

Predicted XI – Smriti Mandhana (c), Hayley Matthews, Jemimah Rodrigues, S Meghana, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sophia Dunkley-Brown, Arundhati Reddy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Salma Khatun, Poonam Yadav, Renuka Singh

Supernovas Team news – Sophie Ecclestone, who played for the Trailblazers in 2020 when the tournament was last held, has moved to the Supernovas for this season. The other overseas players in the team are Alana King, Deandra Dottin and Sune Luus.

Predicted XI – Taniya Bhatia (wk), Priya Punia, Deandra Dottin, Sune Luus, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Harleen Deol, Pooja Vastrakar, Ayushi Soni, Sophie Ecclestone, Alana King, Meghna Singh

TB vs SW Head to head record

In the past, the Trailblazers and Supernovas have played four games, winning two each. The last time the two teams met was in the final of 2020, which the Trailblazers won.

TB vs SW: Top Picks for Women’s T20 Challenge, Match 1 (Five players to watch out for)

Smriti Mandhana: batter, trailblazers

The captain of Trailblazers is one of the best limited-overs batters in the world. Mandhana has been in good form over the last few months. She scored 71 in her last innings which came against South Africa in March in the World Cup. Earlier that tournament, she hit a knock of 123 against the West Indies. Mandhana, who was made the captain of the Trailblazers in 2019, brings with her plenty of experience both in international and franchise cricket – the Women’s BBL in particular – and is thus a reliable pick for your MPL team. She is priced on the MPL app at

Sophia Dunkley – batter. Trailblazers

Although this is Dunkley’s first Women’s T20 Challenge season, she is still one of the top picks for your fantasy team. The batting allrounder has played several important knocks for England over the past few years. She was also the highest run-scorer for Southern Brave in the inaugural Hundred. In the recently concluded FairBreak Invitational T20 tournament in Dubai, Dunkley scored a 73-ball 123 and stole the show. She is also a part-time legspinner and bagged six wickets in seven matches in the FairBreak tournament. Dunkley has played 23 T20Is for England, from which she has an average of 22.71.

Alana King – Bowler, Supernovas

Alana King was the joint fifth-highest wicket-taker in WBBL 2021-22 and also played an important role in Australia winning the World Cup earlier this year. She picked up three wickets for 64 runs in the final against England. Although King made her international debut only a few months ago in January 2022, she has already established herself in international cricket. In 12 ODIs she has 14 wickets and an economy of 4.20. 

Harmanpreet Kaur: all-rounder, Supernovas

The captain of Supernovas, Harmanpreet Kaur leads the Indian team too in T20Is. Kaur was one of India’s best performers at the World Cup in March – she scored 71 against New Zealand, 109 against West Indies, an unbeaten 57 against Australia and 48 against South Africa. Kaur, a fearless hitter of the ball, brings with a wealth of experience – she has played 121 T20 internationals and has also been a part of tournaments like the WBBL and Hundred. As an offspin bowler, she has picked up 30 wickets in T20Is. Kaur’s price for this game on MPL is

Sophie Ecclestone: bowler, Supernovas

The left-arm spinner from England is currently among the best white-ball bowlers in the world. She was the highest wicket-taker at the World Cup in March with 21 wickets in nine matches at an average of 15.61 and strike rate of 24.4. And all of that at an economy of only 3.83 runs per over. Apart from playing 50 T20Is and 47 ODIs for England, Ecclestone has also played in the Hundred and WBBL. In all, she has 68 wickets in 50 T20Is at an average of 15.94 and strike rate of 16.0

Top Fantasy Picks for TB vs SW

TB vs SW, Women’s T20 Challenge match 1 – where and what time to watch live in India

The Trailblazers vs Supernovas game will be telecast live on Star Sports and you can watch the live online streaming on the Disney + Hotstar app. The match will begin at 7.30 PM IST

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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