Mumbai: Harmanpreet Kaur led Supernovas got the better of Trailblazers in a historic Women’s T20 match, which preceded the first qualifier of the Indian Premier League between the Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium here on Tuesday.
The one-of-its-kind encounter saw scintillating action in which the Supernovas prevailed on the final ball of the contest.
Needing moderate 130 runs to win, the Supernovas innings saw many cameos, but it was Australian Ellyse Perry-whose all-round effort led them to a last-gasp win.
After restricting the Smriti Mandhana-led Trailblazers to a modest 129/6, Supernovas rode on a collective batting effort from the top order to overhaul the target on the last ball of the innings.
Needing four runs in the last over, Pooja Vastrakar (2 not out) and Ellyse Perry (13 not out) held their nerves to take Supernovas over the line. The Supernovas started the chase with a decent 47-run opening stand between Mithali Raj (22) and Danielle Wyatt (24) in the powerplay.
Later, Meg Lanning (16) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (21) contributed handsomely but as the team came close to the target, the Supernovas switched on the self-destruction mode and started losing wickets at regular intervals.
But the target they were chasing was not too big and middle-order players Sophie Devine (19) and Perry played sensibly to drag the match into the final over.
The final over saw Perry coming to the rescue of Supernovas as they finished the match on the final ball.
For Trailblazers, Suzie Bates and Poonam Yadav scalped two wickets. Earlier, Trailblazers posted 129/7 in their 20 overs with Suzie Bates (32), Deepti Sharma (21) and Jemimah Rodrigues (25) scoring handsomely. Skipper Smriti Mandhana, however, failed to convert her good start and fell after scoring 14 runs in nine balls. For Supernovas, Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry scalped two wickets each.
It was indeed a milestone day for women’s cricket in India as the ladies enthralled the crowd.
Brief scores: Trailblazers: 129/6 (Suzie Bates 32; Megan Schutt 2/18) lost to Supernovas: 130/7 (Danielle Wyatt 24; Poonam Yadav 2/21) by 3 wickets.