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WT20 Challenge Match 1: Vastrakar bowls Supernovas to opening win

Supernovas got off their campaign to a fine start in the Women's T20 Challenge with an impressive 49 run win over Trailblazers at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Monday.

After opting to bat Supernovas posted 163 in their 20 overs and in their response, Trailblazer finished on 114 for nine in their 20 overs.

Supernovas got off to a fine start as Priya Punia (22) and Deandra Dottin (32) posted 50 for the opening wicket. Then Harleen Deol took charge as he smacked 35 off 19 balls with five boundaries and one six. Afte that captain Harmanpreet Kaur played a useful knock of 37 off 29 balls with four boundaries. Towards the end Supernovas innings lost momentum as they finished on 163 in 20 overs. For Trailblazers the best bowlers were Hayley Matthews (3-29) and Salma Khatun (2-30).

The chase for Trailblazers started off well as the openers added 39. But after captain Smriti Mandhana fell for 34 off 23 balls. The innings slipped from 63 for one to 73 for seven. Thereafter the innings lost momentum completely. Jemimah Rodrigues (24) did try to revive the chase but it was too late. Trailblazers finished on 114 for nine in their 20 overs. For Supernovas the best bowlers were Pooja Vastrakar (4-12) and Alana King (2-30). 

Match Summary
Supernovas: 163 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-50 (Deandra Dottin-4.6 ov), 2-63 (Priya Punia-7.1 ov), 3-100 (Harleen Deol-11.2 ov), 4-121 (Sune Luus-14.3 ov), 5-128 (Alana King-15.3 ov), 6-155 (Pooja Vastrakar-18.4 ov), 7-160 (Harmanpreet Kaur-18.6 ov), 8-160 (Sophie Ecclestone-19.1 ov), 9-163 (Meghna Singh-19.4 ov), 10-163 (V Chandu-19.6 ov)

Trailblazers: 114-9 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Hayley Matthews-4.6 ov), 2-63 (Smriti Mandhana-7.2 ov), 3-65 (Sophia Dunkley-7.5 ov), 4-67 (Sharmin Akhter-8.4 ov), 5-72 (Richa Ghosh-10.2 ov), 6-72 (Arundhati Reddy-10.3 ov), 7-73 (Salma Khatun-11.5 ov), 8-86 (Jemimah Rodrigues-13.5 ov), 9-94 (Poonam Yadav-16.2 ov)

Scorecard

Result: Supernovas won by 49 runs

Playing XI
Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Poonam Yadav, Hayley Mathews, Sophia Dunkley, Rajashwari Gayakwad, Arundhati Reddy, Salma Khatun, Renuka Singh, Richa, Sharmin Akter

Supernovas: Deandra Dottin, Punia, Sune Luus, Harmanpreet Kaur, Harleen Deol, Yastika Bhatia, Sophie Ellecestone, Alana King, V Chandu, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh

Match Details
Toss: Supernovas, elected to bat
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
Start time: 1500 hrs GMT
Match officials: N Janani, Vrinda Rathi (On-field Umpires); Saiyed Khalid (TV Umpire); Gayathri Venugopal (Reserve Umpire); GS Lakshmi (Match-referee)

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