Twitter welcomes the first ever IPL Women's match with open arms
In a match that went down to the wire, Supernovas (130-7) beat Trailblazers (129-6) by 3 wickets on the last ball of the match.
A tough competition between bat and ball, a lot of drama and a final ball finish. What more can you ask from a T20 match? Probably a Super Over, some would say!
But the exhibition match between the two Women IPL teams, Trailblazers and Supernovas, had the ideal script. It was probably not that high scoring, but when you have a true contest between bat and ball, nothing like it.
Supernovas won the toss and Captain Harmanpreet Kaur invited the Trailblazers to bat first. Skipper Smriti Mandhana (7) and keeper-batsman Alyssa Healy (14) came out to open the batting.
Although the opening stand could just manage 17 runs, Suzie Bates (32), Deepti Sharama (21) and Jemimah Rodrigues (25) chipped in with useful contributions. However, due to some effective bowling from Megan Schutt (4-18-2) and Ellyse Perry (3-20-2) who scalped a couple each, Trailblazers could only manage 129 for 6.
Chasing a relatively small target, Supernovas got off well with all four top order batsmen getting starts- Mithali Raj (22), Danielle Wyatt (24), Meg Lanning (16) and Harmanpreet Kaur (21). However, the team suffered a mini collapse as the match went down to the fire.
Pooja Vastrakar (2) sneaked a single off the last ball to take Supernovas to a 3-wicket win. New Zealand all-rounder Suzie Bates (3-16-2) was the pick of the Supernovas bowlers and was awarded the player of the match.
Twitter was all-praise about the match and very welcoming of the cricketers. Here are some of the top tweets:
The very first one-off Women's T20 challenge went down to the last over. What an experience this has been at Wankhede. Supernovas beat Trailblazers by 3 wickets. Smiles all around #IPLWomen pic.twitter.com/7WwnxEhAtu— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 22, 2018
Suzie Bates and Ellyse Perry can give some male all-rounders a run for their money waise— samreen (@_whatsinaname) May 22, 2018
Trailblazers lost, but you have to give it to @mandhana_smriti. For the sheer energy, intent, proactiveness despite defending 130.— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) May 22, 2018
So many superstars, and yet there was no doubt who the person in charge was.
I guess I have to overlook Smriti's love for matki usal. :(#IPLWomen
A T20 game on a week day at 2pm. Baby steps for Women's cricket but a step indeed! #IPLWomen— Manya (@CSKian716) May 22, 2018
I love seeing the woman’s game evolve so well. Some serious skill out there that continues to improve. #IPLWomen— Jono Dean (@JonoDean33) May 22, 2018
Jhulan Goswami bowling to Mithali Raj. Top ODI wicket-taker against top ODI run-getter. Top contest #IPLWomen— Moulin (@Moulinparikh) May 22, 2018
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