The first ever, one of it’s kind historic Women’s T20 challenge 2018 match – IPL Trailblazers vs IPL Supernovas – is almost here and will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday (May 22). The Trailblazers vs Supernovas match, scheduled to begin at 2 PM IST, will be played right before the all-important IPL 2018 Qualifier game featuring Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad and could well turn out to be a path-breaking experiment by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Along with all the top Indian players, leading players from countries like Australia, New Zealand and England will be featuring in this Women’s T20 challenge 2018 IPL Trailblazers vs IPL Supernovas match and is therefore bound to grab a lot of eyeballs from cricket fans across the globe.
The respective squads for this Trailblazers vs Supernovas match were recently announced by the BCCI and the two teams will be led by Indian T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (IPL Supernovas) and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana (IPL Trailblazers).
Women's T20 Challenge – Trailblazers vs Supernovas
⏲️ 2 PM IST, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
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Ahead of the Women’s T20 challenge 2018 IPL Trailblazers vs IPL Supernovas game on Tuesday, we list down 5 players who can make a difference in the match:
5 players to watch out for in Women’s T20 challenge 2018 IPL Trailblazers vs IPL Supernovas
1. Danielle Wyatt (IPL Supernovas, England)
English all-rounder Danille Wyatt made her T20I debut in the year 2010 against India and has forged a reputation as an explosive hard-hitting opener in recent years. Having featured in 78 T20I matches since her debut for England, the 27-year-old has scored 870 runs at a strike rate of 125.72. and also has 2 centuries and 10 half-centuries on her CV, including a 52-ball century against India in Mumbai in March this year. In fact, Wyatt is the only player from England to have smashed a T20I hundred in the women’s game.
With the ball, she has taken 46 wickets from 78 matches and will certainly be one of the players to watch out for in the Trailblazers vs Supernovas Women’s T20 Challenge 2018 match on Tuesday.
2. Harmanpreet Kaur (IPL Supernovas, India)
Harmanpreet Kaur is the captain of Indian women’s T20 team and has also been tasked with leading the IPL Supernovas in this one of its kind fixture. Harmanpreet made her debut in the shortest format against England in 2009 and is now an experienced campaigner with 77 T20I matches and 1401 runs under her belt. This top order batter from India can take the attack to any opposition on her day and will always be remembered for her memorable knock of 171 runs in last year’s ODI World Cup against Australia.
Her handy off-spin bowling is another big plus and Harmanpreet Kaur is another player who can change the course of this IPL Trailblazers vs IPL Supernovas fixture.
3. Smriti Mandhana (IPL Trailblazers, India)
Mithali Raj’s trusted lieutenant and partner at the top of the order for India, young Smriti Mandhana will be leading the IPL Trailblazers side in the Women’s T20 Challenge 2018. Just 21 years of age, Smriti has forged a reputation as the Virender Sehwag of the women’s game as she is known for her ability to hit the ball a long way and take the attack to opposition bowlers from the first ball.
Having also played in Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), Mandhana is a revered name in the T20 circuit and will certainly be one of the players to watch out in Tuesday’s encounter.
4. Ellyse Perry (IPL Supernovas, Australia)
Australia’s Ellyse Perry is currently the top-ranked ODI all-rounder and batter in the world and is also ranked 5th in the list of top T20I all-rounders. Perry made her debut in the format in 2008 and has accumulated 875 runs and 84 wickets from 90 T20I matches over the years. She also holds the record for being the youngest Australian ever to play international cricket when she made her debut against New Zealand in July 2007, before her 17th birthday.
Now a experienced player at 27, Ellyse Perry will also be worth keeping an eye on in the Trailblazers vs Supernovas Women’s T20 Challenge 2018 match on Tuesday.
5. Lea Tahuhu (IPL Trailblazers, New Zealand)
New Zealand star Lea Tahuhu is one of the most intimidating fast bowlers in women’s cricket at present as she is known for her ability to bowl quick and rattle the opposition batters early on in their innings. The White Ferns pacer made her T20I debut in 2011 against India and has since picked up 33 wickets in 35 outings at an impressive economy rate of 5.47 runs per over.
In the IPL Trailblazers vs IPL Supernovas match, Tahuhu will be up against her international skipper Sophie Devine (who will be turning out for IPL Supernovas) and looking to make her mark on the day.