We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
The wicket at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune seems to have slowed down. The average first and second innings scores in the last three games of the Indian T20 League read 166 and 102. Captains, for all the right reasons, will look to bat first.
Probable XI for Supernovas: Harleen Deol, Deandra Dottin*, Priya Punia, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Sune Luus*, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Sophie Ecclestone*, Alana King*, Mansi Joshi, Meghna Singh
Probable XI for Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (c), Hayley Matthews*, Jemimah Rodrigues, Sharmin Akhter*, Sabbhineni Meghana, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sophia Dunkley*, Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Salma Khatun*
Harmanpreet Kaur has been in spectacular form since the second half of 2021. She won the Player of the Tournament award in the Australia Women’s T20 League for her all-round show: 406 runs and 17 wickets in 13 games. In Women’s World Cup, she scored 318 runs including a hundred and two fifties in seven games.
Sophie Ecclestone, the No. 1 bowler in ICC T20 Rankings, topped the bowling chart in the Invitational Women’s League: 17 wickets in 7 games, comprising the best bowling figures of 5 for 8. In the previous season of the T20 Challenge, she took 5 wickets in 3 games.
With 221 runs in 6 games, Smriti Mandhana is the highest run-scorer in My11Circle Women’s T20 Challenge. In her last 10 competitive games, she has scored four fifties and a hundred.
In the Invitational League, West Indian star Deandra Dottin ended up as the second-highest run-scorer. Her 289 runs came at an average of 72 and a strike rate of 155, including a hundred and three fifties in 7 games. In T20Is, her best bowling figures read 5 for 5.
Dottin will be up against her opening partner Hayley Matthews. She managed two fifties and five wickets in the Invitational League.
From a bowling all-rounder, Sune Luus has transformed into a specialist batter. Her leg-spinners may not be as effective as they once were, but she scalped up her batting talents. She will play a key role in the middle overs.
Jemimah Rodrigues averages an impressive 27 in T20 cricket. Her stylish stroke play helps her score brisk runs against the new ball. She was the highest run-scorer of the 2019 season.
Given the Pune wicket has assisted the spinners in the second half of the Indian T20 League, the experienced Rajeswari Gayakwad and Poonam Gayakwad will make a threatening pair. Between them, they have taken 143 wickets in T20Is.
The wicketkeepers from both teams are spectacularly talented: while Taniya Bhatia has 67 dismissals in 50 T20Is, Richa Ghosh is known for her attacking batting.
Pooja Vastrakar is not only a terrific finisher but also has a knack for taking wickets at crucial intervals with her medium pace. She scored 156 runs and took 10 wickets in 7 games in the World Cup.
The two-time champions Supernovas will square off with the defending champions Trailblazers. Both teams boast of top-class spinners and also have talented all-rounders at their disposal. The only aspect, however, that could make a difference is that Supernovas bat deep. They have the freedom of launching an attack right away.
Time: May 23, 7:30 PM IST