There was no hat-trick for Supernovas. Its quest for a 3rd straight title was thwarted by Trailblazers, which gained by 16 runs in Sharjah on Monday night time.
Smriti Mandhana’s aspect might not have been too proud of its complete of 118 for eight, however the bowlers and the fielders did nicely to defend it. It was the skipper’s 68 off 49 balls (5×4, 3×6) that proved to be the match-swinging one.
Trailblazers might have made much more, however for a five-wicket haul from Radha Yadav. From 112 for 2, it crashed to 118 for eight. The left-arm spinner’s figures – 5 for 16 – is one of the best within the three-year match.
Smriti smashed 14 off the final three balls off off-spinner Anuja Patil’s first over, the second of the innings. Her lofted six off the final ball, after dancing down the observe, was a sign of issues to come back. She was all grace and timing and greater than made up for the uncharacteristically sluggish batting from her opening companion Deandra Dottin (20, 32b, 1×4).
The two added 71 earlier than the West Indian ballooned a catch to Radha at mid-on off Shashikala Siriwardene. Three overs later, Smriti was dismissed by a sensible piece of stumping by Taniya Bhatiya off leg-spinner Poonam Yadav.
Supernovas’ chase was by no means on. Chamari Atapattu was out leg-before to Sophie Ecclestone after a overview and Jemimah Rodrigues was brilliantly caught by Nattakan Chantam at cowl level because the defending champion slid to 37 for 3 within the ninth over.
Only Harmanpreet (30, 36b, 2×4) might have turned it round. But she was removed from match and as soon as she fell within the penultimate over, it was curtains for Supernovas.