Jaipur, May 07:
The opening game of the Women’s T20 Challenge provided its fair share of thrill and drama with a nail-biting affair which the Supernovas lost to the Trailblazers by just two runs in Jaipur.
Chasing 141 for a win, Harmanpreet Kaur and Sophie Devine stitched a 48-run stand for the fifth wicket to get the side close but Supernovas fell just short. Speaking at the post-match press conference Devine said that they should have ideally gone for their shots slightly early in the chase especially with the surface playing a few tricks.
“It was disappointing to get so close and lose. We probably left it a little too late in the end there,” the New Zealand international remarked.
“Needing 30 off the last three overs on a pitch which was a bit tricky was probably asking a bit too much.”
The Supernovas captain, Harmanpreet did try her best though slamming four fours off five balls in the last over with the team needing 19 to win but missed the final delivery to fall agonisingly short.
“Harmanpreet can do those things and she took us very close a great win,” Devine said. “We have got a few things that we need to work on as a team and luckily we have got a few days off where we can train together and come up with some plans to take on Velocity.”
While the Sawai Mansingh Stadium wasn’t exactly packed, there was plenty of support for the two teams playing which impressed Devine a lot. She admitted it is “unfortunate” women’s cricket still does not attract the same crowds as men’s cricket does but was confident more people will come in after having watched Monday’s game.
“I have just been told it was Election Day here and to have that amount of support was fantastic,” she said. “They certainly made a lot of noise and it was fantastic out in the middle.
“It is an unfortunate thing that in women’s cricket we don’t fill the big crowds yet but hopefully, with the kind of game that was shown tonight people will come and watch for themselves live. We would absolutely love to get the big crowds in.”
Jaipur, May 07: