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Women T20 challenge: Supernovas v Trailblazers, Players to watch out for

It’s bigger and it’s better this year. Except for the fact that there is no Australian players, The Women T20 challenge is a step forward to something huge which might come our way in years.

May be, I might share this post as a beautiful throwback or 10 year challenge when the Women IPL becomes reality.

Let me get into the first match straight away. A rematch for the last year’s contest, Supernovas will take on Trailblazers in the first match of the Women T20 challenge.

Led by the Indian team T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Supernovas comprises of some of the good players around the world.

To start with the captain herself, Harmanpreet Kaur.

We definitely need no introduction for her power-hitting ability. With almost 2000 runs in the international T20, Harmanpreet Kaur gave India a fine start in the World Cup T20 as well with a beautiful hundred. No doubts, her batting, bowling and the fielding skills is going to dominate her opponents.

Next up is White Ferns’ all-rounder Sophie Devine.

Devine’s all-round skills have been top-notch in the WBBL last year and once she gets going it’s not going to be easy at all to stop her. On the other hand, with an economy of just over 6 in the international cricket T20, Devine will be a vital force for Kaur.

Chamari Attapaththu.

Remember 178* in the World Cup against Australia in 2017?

Attapaththu’s best thing as always been rising to the occasion. She can bat, adapt to the situation whereas she can roll her arms to provide a breakthrough.

Anuja Patil

Undoubtedly the weapon for Kaur. India’s T20 specialist has a strike rate above 100 and can smash quick runs. With an economy rate below six in the T20Is, We can expect an all-rounder brilliance from Anuja Patil.

Jemimah Rodrigues

Despite being very young, Jemimah has always produced jaw dropping performances with her bat. That matured fifty against the visitors Australia in 2018 showed her maturity when it comes to batting. Though she failed in the international matches recently, she did extraordinarily well with U23 one-day league where she scored fifty+ score in 9 out of 10 matches.

Nat Sciver

One of the best all-rounders in the world and has a strike rate above 110 and an economy of 6.5 in T20I. In her last T20I series against Sri Lanka, she stood unbeaten in all the three innings. Something she always loves to do; finishes the match for your team. Also, watch out for the Nat Meg, Its a treat.

Mansi Joshi:

She has one of best economy rates in the ODIs and is super quick. The early swing she gets while opening the bowling is something to watch out for.

Poonam Yadav

She is the best bowler in the world for a long time now and for India she has been the leading wicket-taker in the shortest format. Her ability to flight the ball and make the batter go through with the stroke fetches her a lot of wickets. She is considerably slow but super effective.

Lea Tahuhu

When it’s T20, you cannot ignore Tahuhu. An economy that is just below six tells you how effective she is. Her experience will come into play here. In case you forgot, she produced an unplayable delivery to Meg Lanning in the BBL a few years back.

Radha Yadav

Another potential youngster who made it to the international team, thanks to her great run in the domestic seasons. She is a tricky bowler and is definitely one of the toughest to score against. Most importantly, she is a wicket-taker.

Priya Punia

Priya Punia is yet another prodigy. Though she is yet to make it big in the international circuit, she can be very dangerous once she gets going.

Arundati Reddy

She was the first replacement we saw in the place of retired Jhulan Goswami in the international team. She is super quick and this sure will be a learning phase for her.

Taniya Bhatia

She can score quick runs and is very quick behind the stumps. Though she has played only a few matches for the Indian team, she has already made her mark with her stumpings. Something to watch out for.

For Trailblazers:

Well, a few of the players out there don’t need any introduction. Suzie Bates, one of the top performers all round the globe for like years now. Smriti Mandhana, the Indian opener who made heads turn with her excellent talent and the hunger for runs. Jhulan Goswami, the legend who made almost all the mentioned players to follow the game. Stafanie Taylor, another powerful hitter who again is a well-known name from the West Indian team. Another West Indian known face is Shakera Selman, a super experienced campaigner with an excellent economy under 6. Deepti Sharma, who has been a part of Bengal’s excellent run this year, has provided a great contribution to the Indian team for a few years now. Despite her batting and bowling skills, her excellent fielding skills stands out.Then we have Tamil Nadu’s Hemalatha who glued her spot in the World Cup team with her wicket-taking ability.

Jasia Akhtar, the first woman cricketer from J&K to make it this big, can hit the ball a long way. Thanks to the pep talk she had with Harmanpreet Kaur during her failures in the domestic circuit, she is all set to make a mark here.

Harleen Deol, though couldn’t make a mark in the Indian team, she has come a long way and will be crucial in this team as well. Most importantly, she can pick vital wickets.

Sophie Ecclestone, who finally turned 20, is yet another youngster who has been around for three years now and has already become the vital force of the England team. She will be crucial here as well.

Bharati Fulmali, who made heads turn with her performance with Vibardha, failed to make a name for herself in the international team. She is young, she will surely be looking forward for this tournament.

Yes, I have mentioned all the players. Yes, they are all super good. Unfortunately, we don’t find time to watch them play. This is their day and they will surely entertain us. Watch out for them.

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