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VEL vs TBZ, Women’s T20 Challenge Match 3, MPL Prediction and Top Picks

Match: Velocity vs Trailblazers (VEL vs TBZ)

Date: May 26, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST

Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune

The fourth edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge kicked off on May 23 with the match between Trailblazers and Supernovas. The Supernovas won the opening game by 49 runs, but they lost the second game to Velocity by seven wickets. The third match will be played between Velocity and Trailblazers on May 26 at the MCA Stadium in Pune.

Currently, Harmanpreet Kaur is the highest run scorer with 108 runs in two innings. The second highest run scorer is Shafali Verma (51). With the ball, Pooja Vastrakar is the highest wicket taker with five wickets while Hayley Matthews has taken three. The two games played so far were not too highs scoring and we can expect a fair contest between the bat and ball in the third match as well.

The tournament was first played in 2018 as a one-off exhibition game between the Supernovas and Trailblazers. Velocity was added as a third team next season. With the BCCI planning an IPL for women next year onwards, this might be the last season of the T20 challenge.

Ahead of Women’s T20 Challenge match 13 let’s look at the head to head total of both teams, the pitch report, weather update, MPL top picks and more.

VEL vs TBZ, Women’s T20 Challenge Match 3, 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.

VEL vs TBZ Injury News and Predicted XI

Trailblazers Team news – The Trailblazers are being led by Smriti Mandhana while Poonam Yadav is Mandhana’s deputy. They will be looking to get off the mark after losing the opening game to the Supernovas.

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

Velocity Team news – Velocity come into this game on the back of a win against Supernovas. Chasing 151 to win, they wrapped up the game in 18.2 overs.

Predicted XI – Kate Cross, Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma (c), Laura Wolvaardt, Natthankan Chantham, Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav, Maya Sonawane, Sneh Rana, Kiran Prabhu Nagvire, Ayabonga Khaka

VEL vs TBZ Head to head record

In the past, the Trailblazers and Velocity have played two games, winning one each. The last time the two teams met was in 2020, which the Trailblazers won.

VEL vs TBZ: Top Picks for Women’s T20 Challenge, Match 3 (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 at present. The southpaw has come into this tournament on the back of a good form over the last few months. She scored 71 in her last international 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 scored 34 runs in the opening game of the tournament and will be looking to make use of her experience and get a bigger score in the next game. She brings with her not only a wealth of experience playing international cricket but she has also played franchise tournaments like the WBBL.

Hayley Matthews – all-rounder, Trailblazers

Hayley Matthews scored just 18 runs with the bat against the Supernovas but was exceptional with the ball, picking up three wickets for 29 runs. She brings with her the experience of playing 62 T20 internationals for West Indies, from which she has 58 wickets and a batting average of 17.88. She has also played in the WBBL and Hundred. Hayley can help you score points with both the bat and ball.

Shafali Verma – batter, Velocity

Shafali Verma scored a half century for Velocity in their win over Supernovas. Opening the batting, the hard hitting batter scored 51 off 33 before being sent back by Deandra Dottin.

Laura Wolvaardt – batter, Velocity

Another half centurion from among the Velocity batters was Laura Wolvaardt. She remained unbeaten on 51 off 35 and will be eyeing another good knock in the next game.

Kate Cross – bowler, Velocity

One of the best bowlers in women’s cricket, Kate Cross picked up two wickets against the Supernovas while bowling at an economy of 6.

Top Fantasy Picks for VEL vs TBZ

VEL vs TBZ, Women’s T20 Challenge match 3 – where and what time to watch live in India

The Velocity vs Trailblazers 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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