Women's T20 Challenge: Chamari Athapaththu stars as Supernovas beat Trailblazers to qualify for final

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Women's T20 Challenge defending champions Supernovas on Saturday defeated Trailblazers by 2 runs in Sharjah in a must-win clash to qualify for the final, which will see these two teams lock horns once again at the same venue on November 9.

Chasing a challenging 147 for victory, the Trailblazers were stopped at 144 for 5 in 20 overs thanks to an outstanding bowling effort from the likes of Shakera Selman, Radhav Yadav and Anuja Patil.

The Trailblazers got off to a solid start with Deandra Dottin and Smriti Mandhana adding 44 runs before they lost two wickets in the 7th over bowled by Selman.

The 31-year-old seamer first removed Dottin by trapping her leg-before-wicket for 27 before castling wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh for 4 just 2 balls later. (Women’s T20 Challenge, Supernovas beat Trailblazers: Highlights)

That put the Trailblazers on the backfoot, even though they qualified for the final when they scored their 36th run in the 5th over of the powerplay.

Smriti Mandhana wasn't at her fluent best either and was dropped twice on 12 and 18. She couldn't make the reprieves count and was sent packing for 33 off 40 balls by spinner Anuja Patil.

Radha Yadav then got rid of Dayalan Hemalatha which further dented the Trailblazers.

Deepti Sharma and Harleen Deol took the game till the end and tried their best to keep up with the asking rate with their fifth-wicket partnership worth 52 runs but some tight bowling in the death overs choked TRL and they eventually fell short by a whisker.

Selman finished with figures of 2 for 31 while Radhav Yadav, who defended 10 runs in the final over, bagged 2 for 30 whereas Anuja Patil got 1 wicket.

Earlier, a swashbuckling half-century from opener Chamari Athapaththu helped the Supernovas reach 146 for 6 in 20 overs.

Sri Lankan international Athapaththu smashed 67 off 48 balls which included 5 fours and 4 sixes. She added 89 runs for the first wicket with fellow opener Priya Punia, who scored 30 off 37 before stitching a brief 29-run stand with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.

Athapaththu got out to Harleen Deol in the 17th over after which Kaur took charge, scoring 31 off 29 balls with the help of a boundary and a six.

The Supernovas, who needed to win this contest to stay in the competition, lost 3 wickets to run outs in the final over which stopped their progress but the target proved to be enough in the end.

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