Let's cheer the ladies too! - T20 Women's Challenge in UAEWith the ongoing 2020 IPL, I had completely forgotten that there was also another cricket tournament - the T20 Women's Challenge in UAE. Only when I got a WhatsApp message about it that I remembered so missed out on the first two matches and saw the one yesterday. I must say it was really, really exciting, what with runouts, smashing hits and superb bowling. Unfortunately there were only three teams, the curtailment due to the pandemic situation.
In yesterday's match my heart went out to Deandra Dottin. She jumped in the air to take a catch, the ball heading for a six, but was forced to let it go after realizing that she was too close to the boundary; then dropped an easy catch and was quietly seen later during a pause with what looked like tears in her eyes; yet again later tried to take a catch which was really tough as it was going for yet another six. I felt like jumping into the screen to hug her in empathy.
Then there as Taniya Bhatia - I waited anxioulsy when an incoming ball thrown by a fielder hit the side of her helmt and she crouched over, holding her helmeted head for a while, then adjusted it and got back behind the stumps. Thank goodness she was wearing a helmet.
It was wonderful to see the spell of bowling by the likes of Sophie Ecclestone and Shakera Selman. Then there was Harleen Deol, a veritable dynamo all over the field.
If you haven't watched the ladies play, do so tomorrow - the final is between Trailblazers and Supernovas - even the names of the teams are more interesting than the boring IPL ones.
The two teams in the finals (as taken from the Espn website) are-
Supernovas squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), Jemimah Rodrigues (vice-capt), Chamari Atapattu, Priya Punia, Anuja Patil, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shashikala Siriwardene, Poonam Yadav, Shakera Selman, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Ayushi Soni, Ayabonga Khaka, Muskan Malik.
Trailblazers squad: Smriti Mandhana (capt), Deepti Sharma (vice-capt), Punam Raut, Richa Ghosh, D Hemalatha, Nuzhat Parween (wk), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Harleen Deol, Jhulan Goswami, Simran Bahadur, Salma Khatun, Sophie Ecclestone, Nattakan Chantam, Deandra Dottin, Kashvee Gautam.
The third team which got eliminated was the Velocity squad: Mithali Raj (capt), Veda Krishnamurthy (vice-capt), Shafali Verma, Sushma Verma (wk), Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey, Devika Vaidya, Sushree Dibyadarshini, Manali Dakshini, Leigh Kasperek, Danielle Wyatt, Sune Luus, Jahanara Alam, M Anagha, Meghna Singh.
Let's cheer for these cricketers as well!