Clearly the 17 runs | 7 wicket collapse wasn’t enough to deflate the Trailblazers’ momentum, and the 118 that looked clearly underpar, despite the dew coming down heavily turned out to be more than enough. The Supernovas never seemed to be in this. Their innings never took off. All their batters ate up balls, took their time, but just didn’t get going. It was always going to be down to Harmanpreet Kaur despite her hobbling leg, but clearly she wasn’t able to get going, and didn’t have support from the other end either. The Trailblazers and their overdose of spinners took a cue from what Radha Yadav did to them, slowing it up, getting it to grip, and forcing the batters to manufacture pace. Alas, wasn’t to be. Okay there are a lot of interviews, and we’re transcribing them for you ..
Harmanpreet Kaur | Losing captain: The injury isn’t that bad. We couldn’t do it this time but it is part of the game and we’ll take it as a learning. It wasn’t that tough a total to chase but we just didn’t get partnerships. We needed two good partnerships, but we didn’t. It was really tough for me; while fielding only I got hurt but you have got to be there for the team. I tried my best but couldn’t win it for the team. Sitting at home was really difficult, but we have to respect the things that are going on and be safe. Yes definitely, women’s cricket is back.
Smriti Mandhana | Winning skipper | Player of the Match: The first one two months of the lockdown was good to spend time with the family. But I think in the last three-four months we got time to go out and start hitting some balls. It was a good time for all of us to go back and work on ourselves which we don’t get usually. My wicket was crucial because this wicket was tough to bat on. The set batsman needed to bat on, 140 was quite achievable and this is what I need to work on in finishing innings. I just told the girls that these are the last 20 overs of the tournament. Because of the covid situation we don’t know when we’ll come out next, so we wanted to give it our all. It was a hard wicket to bat on and we had quality spinners. 135 would have been ideal but nevertheless 118 was good on this wicket. This experience was amazing to go out in the nets with the overseas players and our youngsters, It was nice to exchange knowledge and cultures to see how cricket is played in their countries. It was nice for the youngsters to be able to bowl to players like Dottin before being selected into the national side.
Radha Yadav | Player of the series: It feels great to pick a fifer, but isn’t nice to not be on the winning side. It was a spinning track and the plan was to bowl the normal stock ball. I worked very hard on my bowling in the lockdown, and I think it shows. I was playing consistently even in the lockdown and I was in touch, so it didn’t feel like I was coming back after a long time.