The better of Indian girls’s cricket will mix with and in addition go up in opposition to stars from international locations like England, South Africa, and the West Indies when the third version of the Women’s T20 Challenge will get underway on Wednesday. The four-match event can have three groups — defending champions Supernovas, final 12 months’s runners-up Velocity and Trailblazers — competing in opposition to one another as soon as earlier than the summit conflict on November 9.
Cricketers from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and New Zealand can even take part. The Supernovas, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, have been invincible thus far successful all of the earlier two editions.
They will kickstart the tournament taking over Mithali Raj’s Velocity in a repeat of final 12 months’s remaining, eyeing a 3rd title on the trot. Harmanpreet was in high kind within the final version scoring two half-centuries in three matches and within the remaining, her blistering 37-ball 51 sealed a second win for them. India’s T20 captain will look to return to her majestic kind, overcoming a patchy present within the World T20 in Australia earlier this 12 months.
She had a forgettable outing averaging a dismal 6.00 from 5 matches that value India fairly dearly within the event the place they completed runners-up, after being bowled out for 99, chasing 185.
There can even be Jemimah Rodrigues to be careful for. The Mumbai cricketer was the highest run-getter (123 runs at a median of 61.50) of their triumphant marketing campaign final season. She was adjudged the ‘Player of the Series’.
The opposition camp options Mithali, who will probably be eager to guide from the entrance and avenge their 2019 defeat once they misplaced by 4 wickets in a final over thriller. Velocity will rely closely on 16-year-old Indian sensation Shafali Verma who grabbed eyeballs by hitting most sixes (9) within the World T20 and completed because the fifth highest run-scorer. All the International gamers will probably be making a return to the sphere after the COVID-19 break that adopted the Women’s WT20 in February-March.
It will probably be attention-grabbing to see their health ranges, coming again after enduring a lockdown. The event can even characteristic Thailand’s opening batter Natthakan Chantham, who scored her nation’s first Women’s WT20 half-century. She grew to become the primary Associate cricketer to play within the event which is seen as a precursor to a full-fledged Women’s IPL.
Natthakan will characterize Trailblazers captained by Indian opener Smriti Mandhana. Trailblazers can even characteristic veteran pacer Jhulan Ghoswami, English spinner Sophie Ecclestone, and West Indian star Deandra Dottin. The event was launched first in 2018 by the BCCI to offer a much-needed increase to girls’s cricket within the nation.
The first version noticed a one-off match in Mumbai forward of IPL Qualifier 1 and the Harmanpreet-led Supernovas beat Trailblazers by three wickets in a last-ball end. All matches will probably be held in Sharjah at 7.30pm (IST).
Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Jemimah Rodrigues (vc), Chamari Atapattu, Priya Punia, Anuja Patil, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shashikala Siriwardene, Poonam Yadav, Shakera Selman, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Ayushi Soni, Ayabonga Khaka and Muskan Malik.
Velocity: Mithali Raj (c), Veda Krishnamurthy (vc), Shafali Verma, Sushma Verma (wk), Ekta Bisht, Mansi Joshi, Shikha Pandey, Devika Vaidya, Sushree Dibyadarshini, Manali Dakshini, Leigh Kasperek, Danielle Wyatt, Sune Luus, Jahanara Alam and M Anagha.
Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (c), Deepti Sharma (vc), Punam Raut, Richa Ghosh, D Hemalatha, Nuzhat Parween (wk), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Harleen Deol, Jhulan Goswami, Simaran Dil Bahadur, Salma Khatun, Sophie Ecclestone, Natthakan Chantham, Deandra Dottin and Kashvee Gautam.
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