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T20 Challenge: Mandhana’s team champion, told- what message was given to the teammates

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The Trailblazers won the title for the first time in the Women’s T20 Challenge. The trailblazers, led by Smriti Mandhana, had scored 118 runs but also successfully defended it and earned the trophy on Monday. Smriti knew that 118 runs could be defended on a difficult wicket to bat. And so the captain of the Trailblazers gave a clear message to his players in the finals that after 20 good overs, they can become champions.

After being invited to bat first, the Trailblazers scored 118 for eight with Mandhana’s 68-run stand. In response, the Supernovas team managed to score 102 runs for seven wickets. The Trailblazers thus won the title for the first time by winning by 16 runs.

Read, Trailblazers beat first-time Women’s T20 Challenge Champion, Supernovas

Mandhana said after the match, ‘My wicket was important because it was not easy to bat on this pitch and whatever the batsman has endured, he should have played at least till the 18th over. If I had batted till the end, we could have reached 145 runs which would have been a very good score. 118 runs on this wicket was also a challenging score.

He said, ‘I only told fellow players that we have these last 20 overs and we don’t know when we will get a chance to play again. If we do 20 good overs then we will win. From the first ball I was confident that we could do it.

Saurabh Ganguly and Jai Shah awarding trophy to Smriti Mandhana (BCCI)

Mandhana said the experience of practicing with foreign players was fantastic. He said that it was beneficial for young players to listen to legendary players like Diandra Dottin before making a place in the national team.

Mandhana said that during the lockdown imposed due to Kovid-19, he got a chance to spend time with the family after a long time. He said, ‘After the T20 World Cup we wanted to go home and take some rest but we didn’t know if it would take so long but I got a chance to spend time with family in the meantime. We started practice after the slack in the lockdown.

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