Trailblazers had a brilliant day at the office against Velocity in Sharjah on Thursday after they defeated the Mithali Raj-led team by 9 wickets.
Batting first, Velocity had a dismal start to the proceedings after they lost half their side at the score of 21. They continued to lose wickets and were eventually bundled out for 47 in 15.1 overs. Shafali Verma top-scored with 13.
Sophie Ecclestone had a superb day as she picked up four wickets for just 9 runs in 3.1 overs. Goswami and Gayakwad scalped a couple of wickets each while Deepti Sharma bagged one.
In reply, Trailblazers lost skipper Smriti Mandhana early for 6 runs but Deandra Dottinand Rich Ghosh didn’t let any other wicket go down as they went over the line in the 8th over.
Trailblazers are now at the top with two points and a hefty NRR while Velocity are at two with a win and a loss to their name. Supernovas are third with a loss in the only match they have played.
Velocity captain Raj expressed her disappointment. “Definitely (would want to forget this game). But it is fine because when you have a fresh wicket the batters want to have a bat. That’s the reason we chose to bat. Personally I would have liked Dani and Shafali to have a big partnership because they are the key for our batting line up and we are dependent on them to give us a start. Unfortunately in both the games we didn’t get that, Shafali played a cameo but we wanted Dani to spend some time in the middle and then there was a collapse. We are going to recover from this defeat. I think it is important we regroup and analyse, we haven’t had much of preparation, two games back to back and no team gets bad in one game. The girls just need to cheer up because they would have felt bad after today’s game,” she said.
Trailblazers skipper Smriti Mandhana was pretty happy with the result. “We were really excited. We were raring to play cricket after a break of seven months. It was a good game. I was happy with Mithali’s decision as we wanted to have a look at the wicket. The bowling plans were according to the batters. I just told all the bowlers to keep it back of a length and stick to the stump line. We have a good spin attack. I was following IPL, so I thought we had a good bowling attack (with all the spinners). It’s an exciting tournament, even last year it was really exciting. It’s an amazing opportunity for everyone. This is really going to help women’s cricket,” she said.