Women’s T20 Challenge final: Salma Khatun was the winning spell, says Smriti Mandhana

Trailblazers skipper Smriti Mandhana says she always believed in her team’s powerful spin attack to defend a low total in the Women’s T20 Challenge final, which her team won by 16 points against Supernovas here.

Despite a spirited start, Trailblazers was only able to release a modest 118 for eight on Monday, but Mandhana said she knew the sluggish nature of the surface would help.

“It was a brilliant performance. We tried to get to 130-140 but somewhere we lost track. The wicket was tough to beat so I knew a total of around 120 would be a fight total. . We have a good spin attack and I was really positive from the first ball, ”said a beaming Mandhana at the post-match press conference.

Off-spinner Salma Khatun took three wickets in the penultimate, sacking rival skipper Harmanpreet Kaur in the process and Mandhana acknowledged his efforts.

“She was awesome. These spells make you win matches. She is an experienced activist. I just told her to believe in her and she gave birth. Her fate was the winning fate, ”she said.

Thai cricketer Natthakan Chantham impressed everyone with her agility on the pitch and it was no surprise that Mandhana chose her for special praise.

Chantham was a live-wire on the pitch. The limit she saved with her acrobatic efforts was good publicity for women’s cricket. She also took a superb hold in the blanket area.

“There were 2-3 brilliant efforts on the pitch, especially Chantham. I haven’t seen a field of girls like this.

Mandhana herself played a key role in her team’s total as she made her way to a brilliant 68.

Speaking of her own heats, the captain said she was on a good pace and all she had to do was find the gaps.

“I timed the ball well (even) in the last game, but unfortunately I found the outfielders, but today it was a conscious effort to kick the ball into the gaps. It was the only thing I thought about.

Playing cricket after a long seven-month gap obviously made the players happy, she said.

“We were looking to play and meet everyone. We haven’t met for 7 months, it’s very rare. The past six months have been difficult for the whole world. It was worth coming and playing. I thank BCCI for organizing this. I hope we will continue to play, it makes us happy, ”she said.

Senior Supernovas player Shashikala Siriwardene also thanked BCCI for hosting the event in difficult times and said the tournament was a great platform for young people.

“We can play and watch in the bio bubble, they planned it, so I thank BCCI. We have to make sacrifices because of COVID-19. Girls will be motivated to come to the sport and this has an impact on women’s cricket. “

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