Match: Trailblazers vs Supernovas, Finals, Women’s T20 Challenge
Date: November 09, 2020
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium – Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Though Trailblazers lost their last game against Supernovas, they have been the best team of the three in this year’s Women’s T20 Challenge. Chasing a target of 145 in the last game, Deandra Dottin and Smriti Mandhana got the side off to a decent start, before the duo of Harleen Deol and Deepti Sharma kept them in the hunt. However, their efforts went in vain, as the side lost by just 2 runs. They had earlier defeated the Velocity side by 9 wickets, after shooting them out for just 47, which had ensured they ended the league stages with a superior Net Run Rate.
The defending champions, Supernovas, on the other hand, needed a win in their last game, and they dominated proceedings with Chamari Athapaththu and Harmanpreet Kaur taking them over the 140-run mark. Both teams have quality players, and it will be a keen contest as the two face off in the finals of the Women’s T20 Challenge.
The weather in Sharjah will be in the mid-thirties, with humidity in the high fifties. There is no prediction of rain, and it will be a hot evening.
The track at Sharjah has slowed down of late, which means that batting first here will not be the easiest. There will be dew in the second half, which will aid the side that chases.
The teams that will win the toss might opt to chase as dew will make its presence felt in the second half of the game. However, runs on the board in a pressure game might not be a bad option either.
Trailblazers Expected XI and Team News
The team almost got over the line in the last game, and they have no reason to change their XI.
Smriti Mandhana: The skipper will want to lead from the front in a crucial game. She has had two quiet outings thus far, and will want to prove her mettle on the big stage.
Deandra Dottin: The West Indian has plenty of experience, and gave her team a flying start in the last match. She can also chip in with the ball, which makes her a key player to watch out for.
Smriti Mandhana (C), Deandra Dottin, Richa Ghosh, Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Dayalan Hemalatha, Nattakan Chantam, Sophie Ecclestone, Salma Khatun, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami.
Supernovas Expected XI and Team News
The team managed to win their last encounter by 2 runs, which sealed the finals spot for the Harmanpreet Kaur led team. They might go into the crucial clash unchanged.
Chamari Athapaththu: The Sri Lankan gave her team a flying start in the last game. She has been a constant in her national team for the last few years, and has been a game-changer. She has a hundred in T20s, and will want to get a big knock here.
Harmanpreet Kaur: The Indian has got starts in the last two games, and she will want to carry on and get a big knock. The middle order player has not had the best runs in the format of late, and she will be eager to find some form and momentum.
Priya Punia, Chamari Atapattu, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Shashikala Siriwardene, Taniya Bhatia, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Shakera Selman, Ayabonga Khaka
Head to head record of Trailblazers vs Supernovas:
The two teams have met each other three times, with Supernovas winning 2 games, the last of which came last week when the Harmanpreet Kaur led team defeated the Trailblazers by 2 runs.
MPL Fantasy Prediction for Trailblazers vs Supernovas:
WK: Taniya Bhatiya and Richa Ghosh are 8 credits each and help balance out credits. Richa Ghosh played a good knock in the first game, and can be an explosive player on her day, while Bhatia is one of the best keepers in the women’s game currently, and will be eager to leave an impact with the gloves.
Batsmen: Harmanpreet Kaur has got starts in the last two games, and will be looking to lead from the font in the finals. She is one of the most dangerous batters around in the format, and is unstoppable when she gets going. She can also chip in with the ball, and will be a must-pick. Smriti Mandhana has not had the best tournament thus far, with two quiet games, and will want to play a defining knock here. Deandra Dottin got her team off to a blazing start in the last game, and is a huge striker if she finds her groove.
All-rounders: Chamari Athapaththu was in great touch in the last game, and will want to score a hundred in this match. She has a well-rounded game, and will be the key at the top of the order. Harleen Deol played a good hand in the last game, and will want to carry on her form so she can seal her spot in the Indian T20I team.
Bowlers: Shakera Selman has plenty of experience, as does Sophie Ecclestone. The two will want to pick up early wickets and give their respective teams a good start with the ball. Jhulan Goswami has experience and has been India’s warhorse in the format, while Radha Yadav defended 10 runs in the last game, and will be high on confidence.
Captain and VC: Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur
Match Prediction for Trailblazers vs Supernovas:
Trailblazers were convincing in both the games that they played in the league stages, and they are the favourites to win the title.