The Supernovas have won the first ever IPL Women’s T20 challenge in a thrilling finish in Mumbai by three wickets.
The Supernovas were going well but a flurry of wickets left them needing four runs off six balls but Australian Ellyse Perry couldn't find the boundary.
On the final ball, the Supernovas needed one run to seal the win and Indian teenager Pooja Vastrakar controlled her nerves to give her side a history-making moment.
The very first one-off Women's T20 challenge went down to the last over. What an experience this has been at Wankhede. Supernovas beat Trailblazers by 3 wickets. Smiles all around #IPLWomen pic.twitter.com/7WwnxEhAtu— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 22, 2018
While the Supernovas struggled to build a significant inning in the chase, it was a team effort to see the blue team over the line.
The one-off exhibition match is the first step towards the introduction of a women’s IPL and it’s the first time a women’s game has been played alongside a men’s IPL game.
There were five Australians part of the match with Meg Lanning, Perry and Megan Schutt on the Supernovas, who have bragging rights over Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney from the Trailblazers.
That was one brilliant experience. The ten of us internationals certainly feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to play at Wankhede stadium today alongside the best players in India. Fingers crossed it’s the first of many women’s IPL matches! Thanks @BCCI @BCCIWomen pic.twitter.com/eiJFyuHgGP— Ellyse Perry (@EllysePerry) May 22, 2018
It was a massive bowling effort from the Supernovas, led by Perry and Schutt, which helped them as they kept the Trailblazers to 6-129.
Schutt nabbed Australian teammates Healy and Mooney giving her 2-18 but Mooney's dismissal came with a bit of controversy with replays suggesting Schutt had overstepped.
Lanning showed glimpses of brilliance with 16 runs off 14 balls while Perry was unbeaten on 13.
Trailblazers 6-129 (Bates 32, Rodrigues 25; Schutt 2-18)
Supernovas 7-130 (Wyatt 24, Raj 22; Bates 2-16)