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Harmanpreet Kaur vs Smriti Mandhana, who'll finish on the victorious side?

Trailblazers clinch thriller:

With four fours off the first five deliveries, Harmanpreet got Supernovas really close but a fine last ball from Goswami meant that Trailblazers clinched a thriller by two runs. What a way to begin the Women's T20 Challenge. The match was a see-saw battle throughout but Trailblazers managed to sneak home despite Mandhana's heroics towards the end.

Ecclestone bowls a fine over under pressure:

Although she put down a tough return catch to reprieve Harmanpreet, Ecclestone makes amends by trapping Devine in front. The batter uses the DRS to no avail. The England spinner finishes with fine figures of 2 for 11, having conceded only 2 2 runs in 19th over. 19 needed in the final over, goes without saying that Harmanpreet is the key.

Costly miss?

Harmanpreet gets a lucky break in the 17th over, put down by by Hemalatha off Taylor. Nine runs off that over, followed by 10 in the next. Supernovas need 21 off 12.

Devine counter-attacks:

The slow overs earlier led to a wicket, but Devine has eased the pressure with some much-needed boundaries. Having struck two successive fours off Selman, Devine pulled a short delivery from Rajeshwari Gayakwad for the first maximum of the innings. Harmanpreet too has managed three fours so far, helping Supernovas to 101 for 4 after 16. They need 40 more off 24.

Pressure...wickets:

Rajeshwari Gayakwad bags the wicket of Athapaththu, who departs in her attempt to up the ante. Going for a big shot to a flighted delivery, the Sri Lankan batter finds Harleen at long-on to head back for 26 off 34. Rajeshwari also sends back Sciver in her next over, getting her to top-edge a sweep. Supernovas are 75 for 4 after 13.

Selman takes the matter into her own hands:

First it was Taylor, then Hemalatha, who both put down Athapaththu in the eighth over, much to the disappointment of Selman, who then decided to take the matter into her own hands. A sharp fielding effort from her results in the run out of Rodrigues for 24 off 19. Only seven runs have come in the two overs following Rodrigues's run out as Supernovas move to 62 for 2 after 10. At this stage, the Trailblazers had managed 52.

Rodrigues positive:

Plenty of boundaries have come in the last few overs - four off Rodrigues's bat and one by Athapaththu - as the Supernovas have capitalised on the powerplay overs, managing 42 for 1. Rodrigues also got a lucky break in the sixth over when she was put down by Deepti Sharma off Selman.

Priya Puniya falls early in chase:

Sophie Ecclestone picks up a wicket in her first over as Puniya departs for 1 off 6, edging an attempted cut to 'keeper Ravi Kalpana. Supernovas are 8 for 1 after 2.

Trailblazers finish with 140:

Mandhana falls in the final over, striking a Radha Yadav delivery straight to Athapaththu at long-on. But it's a job well done as she finishes with a 67-ball 90, which includes 10 fours and three sixes. Radha also bags the wicket of Deepti Sharma and concedes only four runs in the last over. Three wickets in the last over, including the run out of Taylor as Trailblazers end up with 140 for 5.

End of a century stand:

Harleen tries to hit a Devine delivery over the top but finds Poonam Yadav at long-on. She departs for 36, which ends a partnership worth 119 runs.

Mandhana steps on the accelerator:

The first six of the match comes in the 16th over as Mandhana nails a Poonam Yadav delivery over extra cover. She follows it up with a hit straight down the ground for a maximum off Radha Yadav and nails a six over the backward square leg fence off Sciver. She ends the 18th over with an exquisite back-foot drive through cover off Sciver to help Trailblazers to 126 for 1 after 18.

FIfty for Mandhana:

Mandhana has scored at a strike rate of more than 100. Harleen, meanwhile, has been sedate as her 30 runs so far have come off 36 deliveries. Mandhana brings up her half-century in the 15th over, getting there off 47 deliveries. Trailblazers are 93 for 1. How many will they get in the last five overs? Mandhana will be key.

Mandhana, Harleen up the ante:

Having managed only 32 runs in the first eight overs, Mandhana and Harleen manage to find the boundaries to up the scoring rate. Lea Tahuhu's first over yields two fours for Mandhana, who helps bring up the half-century stand in the 11th over. Trailblazers are 62 for 1.

Quiet powerplay:

Harleen Deol strikes the first four (in the fifth over) since the one Mandhana scored in the opening over. But it's a decent over from Radha Yadav otherwise as she gives away only five. With only three runs coming in the next over, bowled by Anuja, Trailblazers have only managed 25 for 1 in the powerplay.

Slow going:

Supernovas have done a good job of keeping the Trailblazers in check. Sciver's second over yields only two runs while Anuja conceded only four off her second. Trailblazers are 17 for 1 after 4 overs.

Anuja removes Bates early:

The opening over yielded 11 runs, including a boundary for Mandhana and four leg-byes. Anuja Patil comes on from the other end and makes an immediate impact as she sends back Bates for 1. Bates attempted a slog-sweep but got a top edge. Rodrigues almost made a mess of it at cover but managed to hold on to the ball on the second attempt. Anuja also finishes with a wicket maiden.

Let's play: Mandhana and Bates opening for Trailblazers. Sciver opens the attack for Supernovas.

Attendance: "300-odd people (at the stands) and a very enthusiastic Emcee," pings Purnima. Hope it gets better when the game begins.

Toss and teams:

Harmanpreet of Supernovas opts to bowl in the WIPL opener against the Mandhana-led Trailblazers. Mansi Joshi and Arundhati Reddy miss out for the Supernovas while Bharati Fulmali and Jasia Akhtar aren't part of the Trailblazers XI.

Teams:

Trailblazers (Playing XI): Smriti Mandhana(c), Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Stafanie Taylor, Harleen Deol, Suzie Bates, Ravi Kalpana(w), Sophie Ecclestone, Shakera Selman, Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad

Supernovas (Playing XI): Jemimah Rodrigues, Priya Punia, Chamari Athapaththu, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Sophie Devine, Taniya Bhatia(w), Anuja Patil, Natalie Sciver, Lea Tahuhu, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav

Build-up:

Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for the opening match of the Women's T20 Challenge, 2019 - between Supernovas and Trailblazers. Harmanpreet Kaur vs Smriti Mandhana, whose team do you think has the edge in this game?

Supernovas, led by Harmanpreet, have overseas names like Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Natalie Sciver (England), Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka) and Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand). Mandhana's' Trailblazers aren't short of top women names from around the world, with the presence of Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Sophie Ecclestone (England) and Shakera Selman (West Indies).

From being a one-off exhibition event last year, the tournament has taken the next step by growing into a tri-series, in a four-match affair spread over the course of the final week of IPL 2019. While these are still baby steps towards competing with established leagues like the WBBL and the KSL, the league has several positives already while there are a few sore points as well.

"For starters, the kits have been upgraded and no longer look like straight out of grandma's lifehacks tutorial. Save for one game, the match timings are primetime. The pitch is expected to be better suited to T20 cricket, and the venue is a second-tier city, the ones that have traditionally managed to put more bums on the seats in the stadiums," writes Purnima Malhotra as she previews the tournament.

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