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Twitter Reactions: Supernovas overcome Trailblazers scare to win last ball thriller

Supernovas beat Trailblazers by 3 wickets.

Danielle Wyatt
Danielle Wyatt plays a shot. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The stage was all set for a one-off exhibition game between the IPL Trailblazers and the IPL Supernovas at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It was a historic occasion as the biggest stars of the women’s cricket came under one roof to face off in an IPL-styled encounter. As many people rightly termed, the match was a teaser or a trailer for what could be a very promising prospect of Women’s IPL in the future.

The popularity of the Women’s cricket has been on the rise in the recent times. And hence, this initiative of the BCCI was to strengthen the fan base that the women cricketers have managed to garner in the recent past. The two teams lined up for the game were not short on big names.

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The Harmanpreet Kaur-led Supernovas featured Danielle Wyatt, Meg Lanning, Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, and Megan Schutt as the overseas stars. Among the Indian names, the names of Mithali Raj and Veda Krishnamurthy stood out along with skipper Kaur. The Trailblazers were led by Smriti Mandhana. They had the services of Alyssa Healy, Danielle Hazell, Suzie Bates, Beth Mooney, and Lea Tahuhu.

In the match, the Supernovas won the toss and opted to bowl first. The Trailblazers lost their openers, Healy (7) and Mandhana (14), early in the innings. The wicket of Beth Mooney (4) fell soon after as Perry and Schutt bowled with exceptional control. The innings failed to get any serious momentum. Suzie Bates top scored for the side with a 27-ball 32 and Deepti Sharma chipped in with 22. Later in the innings, Jemimah Rodrigues scored 25 to see the Trailblazers finish with 129/6 in 20 overs.

In the run chase, the Supernovas got off to a very good start with their openers, Mithali Raj (22) and Danielle Wyatt (24) adding 47 runs for the first wicket. Both batters got starts but failed to make it big. Meg Lanning failed to make things count as well and was sent packing by Poonam Yadav on 16. Skipper Harmanpreet struggled for her 23-ball 21 as she found support from Sophie Devine (19) at the other end.

The match looked an easy chase for Supernovas before Suzie Bates struck twice to bring Trailblazers back in the game. The innings slumped from 106/3 to 113/6. The sudden scare took the game to the final over of the innings. A calm head Ellyse Perry (13*) and a crucial 2-run contribution from Pooja Vastrakar in the final over saw the Supernovas register a 3-wicket win. The match was indeed a very exciting one. It was only a shame to see empty stands at the venue for the big match.

Here is how the cricket world reacted to the historic match:

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