Women’s T20 Challenge: Harmanpreet Won Big, Wants More Matches
Captain Harmanpreet Kaur is on cloud nine today as she struck a sensational half century and led Supernovas to clinch the Women’s T20 Challenge title. The squad won the challenge with a four-wicket benefit over Velocity in a dramatic summit clash on Saturday.
Kaur grabbed the spotlight with a 51 score, silencing the Velocity (captained by Mithali Raj) bowlers after the Supernovas made an easy chase of 122. and overhauled the target off by reaching 125 for 6 from 20 overs.
The sheer happiness is noticed:
Another noteworthy name here is 18-year-old Amelia Kerr from New Zealand who fought brilliantly from Velocity side. She owns the world record for the highest ever ODI score by a woman (232* vs Ireland), had showed her talent as an all-rounder. Kerr (36 off 38) gave some weight to the total, putting on 71 runs for the sixth wicket.
- More than 13,000 strong fans showed up at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur to watch the big final
- Harmanpreet Kaur outshone as she smashed a 37-ball 51 for Supernovas in the final
- Supernovas beat Velocity by 4 wickets in a last-ball thriller in Jaipur
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Appealing for more matches
“Firstly it was great tournament for me, I learnt a lot from it and the same goes for other players also. We learned a lot from this tournament and that’s what we were expecting,” Kaur said after the victory, Scroll.in reported.
“We wanted to play a T20 league in India and I am really happy the way it went. We are looking for more matches and more teams in the next Women’s T20 League,” added Harmanpreet.
She further added, “It shows how important this league is for the foreign players too. They were always asking when the women’s league was to be played in India where they can come and play. You can see how important these games were for everyone. How keen they were to play here. I think everybody was so excited for these games.”
Speaking about her own performance, the Indian T20 captain said, “I learnt how to finish because depending all the time for sixes is not going to work and sometime you can play along the ground and win the games. I did half the job and Radha Yadav came and finished the game.”
“A lot of youngsters like Radha Yadav, Jemimah [Rodrigues], Deepti [Sharma] have great future and perhaps they would get an opportunity to play in other leagues and that would help us in building our national team,” she signed off.
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