Trailblazers beat Supernovas in WIPL opener

Trailblazers 140 for 5 (Mandhana 90, Deol 36, Radha 2-28) beat Supernovas 138 for 6 (Harmanpreet 46*, Devine 32, Ecclestone 2-11, Gayakwad 2-17) by two runs

A quickfire 32 off 22 balls from Blaze star Sophie Devine wasn’t quite enough to get the Supernovas over the line as the Trailblazers grabbed a tight two run win in the women’s IPL opener in Jaipur overnight.

Scorecard

Batting first, the Trailblazers made a competitive 140 for five with India captain Smriti Mandhana leading by example with an enterprising 90 off 67 balls.

WHITE FERN Suzie Bates had been removed early for one at the top of the order, but Mandhana quickly steadied the ship with a classy innings – her second highest T20 score.

Mandhana’s innings took time to unfold overnight, as she was tied down early by the Supernovas spin options, her strike-rate not reaching 100 until her 35th ball.

From there Mandhana pushed on and showed why she is one of the most feared batters in world cricket putting on a 119-run second wicket stand with Harleen Deol.

Deol was eventually removed by Devine for 36 and Mandhana finally fell with four balls remaining in the innings, but the damage had already been done and the Trailblazers had runs on the board.

In their response the Supernovas lost wickets early and found themselves well behind at 74 for four in the 13th over.

Enter Sophie Devine, batting at number six, who joined Harmanpreet Kaur in the middle.

During her 48-run stand with Harmanpreet, the WHITE FERNS star dominated the strike with her 22-ball 32, which would see her awarded with the Super Striker of the Match Award.

But having taken her side to 122, Devine was trapped in front by Sophie Ecclestone. Devine used the review, the first of the tournament, but it wasn’t overturned.

Chasing 19 off the final over Harmanpreet almost pulled it off for the Trailblazers hitting Jhulan Goswami for four fours off the first five balls.

Needing three off the last ball, Harmanpreet slashed hard but couldn’t connect and the attempted bye was snuffed out by wicketkeeper R Kalpana catching non-striker Lea Tahuhu short of her ground at her end.

Ecclestone rounded out the match with two for eleven, a spell that played a key role in the eventual Trailblazers victory.

The Trailblazers face Amelia Kerr’s Velocity in the next match, knowing another win will guarantee them a place in the T20 Challenge final on May 11th.

CricHQ

CricHQ-Wellington-Cricket-26May2014