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Salma, Mandhana lead Trailblazers to Women's IPL title

Last season's champions Supernovas lost by 16 runs

November 11, 2020 00:00:00

Trailblazers' Salma Khatun celebrating after sending back Shashikala Siriwardene against Supernovas at Women's T20 Challenge 2020 final in Sharjah on Monday — BCCI

Indian opener Smriti Mandhana struck a half-century and Bangladesh's Salma Khatun bagged three wickets as Trailblazers claimed the Women's T20 Challenge title with a 16-run win over twice defending champions Supernovas in the final on Monday, reports Reuters.

Chasing a target of 119, Supernovas got off to a wobbly start in Sharjah, losing three quick wickets including Indian youngster Jemimah Rodrigues.

Supernovas skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, struggling with a niggle during the chase, tried to put up a fight with the help of Sri Lanka's Shashikala Siriwardene but right-arm off-spinner Khatun dismissed both players.

Khatun grabbed another wicket to finish with figures of 3-18, while fellow off-spinner Deepti Sharma picked two as Supernovas could only manage 102-7.

"We have some quality spinners... 135 would have been amazing, but 118 was also a good total on this wicket," said Trailblazers captain Mandhana.

West Indies batswoman Deandra Dottin and Mandhana earlier gave Trailblazers a solid start with a 71-run partnership in the first innings, but the middle order crumbled after the Indian was dismissed for 68 in the 15th over.

"It was amazing to get to the nets with the overseas players and our youngsters," Mandhana said.

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