Sharjah: Smriti Mandhana knew that 118 runs could be defended on a difficult wicket to bat and hence the Trailblazers captain had a clear message for his players in the women’s T20 Challenge final against Supernovas that 20 They can become champions after a good over.
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The Trailblazers scored 118 for 8 on Monday with the help of Mandhana’s 68 runs after being invited to bat first. In response, the team of Supernovas was able to score 102 runs for 7 wickets. The Trailblazers won the title for the first time by winning by 16 runs in this way.
Mandhana said after the match, ‘My wicket was important because it was not easy to bat on this pitch and any batsman who had to stand should have played at least till the 18th over. If I had batted till the end, we could have reached 145 runs which would have been a very good score. 118 runs on this wicket was also a challenging score.
He said, ‘I just told the girls that we have these last 20 overs and we don’t know when we will get a chance to play again. If we do 20 good overs, then we will win. From the first ball I was confident that we could do it.
Mandhana said that the experience of practicing with foreign players was fantastic. He said, ‘It was a good experience to practice net with foreign players and our young players. We got some new learning and we shared our experiences. It was beneficial for young players to listen to players like Diandra Dotin before making a place in the national team.
Mandhana said that during the lockdown imposed due to Kovid-19, he got a chance to spend time with the family after a long time. He said, ‘After the T20 World Cup we wanted to go home and take some rest but we didn’t know if it would take so long but I got a chance to spend time with family in the meantime. We started practice after the laxity in the lockdown.
Trailblazers veteran bowler Jhulan Goswami said his strategy was to bowl in the line of the wicket as the ball was low. He said, ‘We knew that the ball was low, so we bowled in the line of the wicket. The strategy we had prepared was well implemented. I paid the same to the rest of the bowlers.
England off-spinner Sophie Ecclestone said, ‘Our team is very good and winning the title was fantastic. It was great to be a part of this team. West Indies aggressive batsman Diandra Dotin said that she is happy to be a part of this tournament.
He said, ‘I wanted to play in this tournament from the beginning. It is a great feeling to win the tournament. I was struggling to score runs but Smriti batted well. I tried to give him as many strikes as possible.
Harleen Deol said, ‘We lost to Supernovas by a close margin last time and so this time we came to take revenge. We knew his game because we had played him before.
Deepti Sharma said, ‘During the lockdown, we worked on some shots, including reverse sweep. We had a strategy for every batsman. We knew that the wicket is slow and we stick to the strategy.