Women's T20 Challenge: Sophie Ecclestone stars with 4 wickets as Trailblazers crush Velocity

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Women's T20 Challenge: Sophie Ecclestone and Deandra Dottin helped the Trailblazers crush Velocity by 9 wickets in Sharjah to climb to the top of the points table.

Sophie Ecclestone picked up 4 wickets for Trailblazers (Reuters Photo)

Sophie Ecclestone picked up 4 wickets for Trailblazers (Reuters Photo)

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Trailblazers (49/1 in 7.5 ov) beat Velocity (47 all-out) by 9 wickets in SharjahSophie Ecclestone grabbed 4 wickets to help TBL bowl VEL out for the lowest ever total in Women's T20 ChallengeThe next match of the Women's IPL will see the Trailblazers lock horns with Supernovas in Sharjah on November 7

Sophie Ecclestone was on fire for Trailblazers on Thursday as they crushed Velocity by 9 wickets in the second match of the Women's T20 Challenge in Sharjah to claim the top position on the points table with their massive win.

Smriti Mandhana's Trailblazers bowled out Mithali Raj's Velocity for the lowest total in the tournament's 3-year history with Ecclestone playing the starring role with the ball.

The left-arm England spinner grabbed 4 wickets for 9 runs from her 3.1 overs to help the Trailblazers bowl out Velocity for 47 in just 15.1 overs after Mithali Raj won the toss and opted to bat first.

Fast bowler Jhulan Goswami started the damage in the third over by knocking out Velocity opener Shafali Verma's off-stump for 13. (Women's T20 Challenge Highlights)

Ecclestone then took centre-stage as she sent back Mithali Raj (1) and Veda Krishnamurthy (0) off successive deliveries in the 4th over to reduce Velocity to 19 for 3.

Velocity could never recover from the 3 early blows as Goswami got her second wicket in the form of Dannielle Wyatt (3) before Ecclestone sent back Sushma Verma in the 4th and 5th overs, respectively.

The wickets kept tumbling one after the other as Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma also joined in the carnage.

Gayakwad got 2 wickets while Sharma got the wicket of her India teammate Ekta Bisht for a duck before Ecclestone finished off the proceedings with the wicket of Bangladesh's Jahanara Alam.

The Trailblazers then rode on a swashbuckling knock from West Indies star Deandra Dottin to chase down the paltry target in 7.5 overs with 9 wickets in hand.

Dottin smashed 29 not out off 28 balls with 3 fours to make light work of the run chase. She got good support from Richa Ghosh from the other end, with the wicketkeeper-batter remaining unbeaten on 13 from 10 balls. She finished the match with a six, the one and only maximum for them in the chase.

Trailblazers skipper Smriti Mandhana was the lone wicket to fall in the 2nd innings with New Zealand off-spinner Leigh Kasperek getting her out for 6.

The next match of the Women's IPL will see the Trailblazers lock horns with Harmanpreet Kaur's Supernovas on November 7 at the same ground in Sharjah before the final on November 9.

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