Supernovas vs Trailblazers: A new edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge is underway with all the games set to be played in Pune. This time around, some of India’s veterans are missing but there is still a lot of young talent to look out for. With the growth of Women’s cricket in India, the ongoing T20 Challenge could be the last one as a Women’s IPL is highly likely in the coming years.
Match: Supernovas vs Trailblazers
Date: 23rd May 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
The weather for the evening of the Supernovas vs Trailblazers game is clear with a few clouds and no chance of rain.
Considering it is the end of a long season, and a lot of IPL games have taken place on the ground, the Pune surface will be slower and tough to bat on, making it better for spinners and teams batting first.
Deandra Dottin, Priya Punia, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Sune Luus, Harleen Deol, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Sophie Ecclestone, Alana King, Mansi Joshi, Meghna Singh
Smriti Mandhana (c), Hayley Matthews, Jemimah Rodrigues, Sharmin Akhter, Sabbhineni Meghana, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sophia Dunkley, Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Salma Khatun
With a short tournament ahead both teams are likely to change their elevens often to find the right balance.
With the pitches likely to be on the slower side, Harmanpreet Kaur will have a huge role to play. Kaur has a decent record against spin and may enjoy taking on the spinners, as she looks to get the Supernovas off to a strong start.
Harmanpreet Kaur’s counterpart, Smriti Mandhana is probably among the biggest stars in India. She had a wonderful World Cup with the bat but would like to put the disappointment of not qualifying behind her as she looks to win games for the Trailblazers.
Both sides come into this game with strong line-ups, although their balance remains a question. Looking at form and names alone though would give the Supernovas a slight edge, unless Smriti Mandhana makes a statement of her own.
Match Prediction: Supernovas will win the match.