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HARMANPREET-LED SUPERNOVAS WILL BE TOUGH TO BEAT

India’s T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur will return to the helm for the Supernovas, aiming to defend the title.

The Women’s T20 Challenge 2020 is scheduled set to take place from November 4. A total of three teams will play each other once, to earn a spot in the final on November 9. Some big names from other countries will be missing the competition. However, the three teams still look formidable on paper with several foreign recruits.

India’s T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur will return to the helm for the Supernovas, aiming to defend the title. Supernovas have a strong rooster with almost every base covered.

COMBINATION OF GRACE AND FIREPOWER IN THE TOP ORDER

Sri Lankan explosive opener Chamari Atapattu can set the competition ablaze with her power-hitting. Her 178* off 143 balls in the 2017 Women’s World Cup against Australia is a sure testament to her abilities. To give her company will be upcoming Indian opener Priya Punia. Punia has scored loads of runs in the domestic circuit, her introduction to the international stage has not matched the expectations. She’ll have a lot to prove and will look to cement her place in the national team

The young gun Jemimah Rodrigues, another pillar of the Indian batting lineup, is also set to mesmerise with her batting style and grace.

PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE IN THE MIDDLE ORDER

Harmanpreet will be the spine of the team’s middle order. She will have to play according to the match situation and pace her innings well. Her stay at the crease will determine ¬†Supernovas’ fortune. Harmanpreet will have Sri Lankan legend Shashikala Siriwardene to give her company, along with the Indian wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia.

SPIN POWERHOUSE

The Supernovas have one of the best wrist-spinners in their ranks, Poonam Yadav. Her flighted deliveries can send any opposition for a toss. Young left-arm orthodox bowler Radha Yadav will give Poonam company. The T20 specialist Anuja Patil is another bowling allrounder, most likely to warm the bench.

THE PACE QUARTET

With two foreign recruits, Supernovas possess a decent pace attack and it will be tough to choose among the four available options in Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Ayabonga Khaka and Shakera Salman. Pooja’s exploits with the bat in the past can help her secure a place in the XI.

Two relatively unknown faces in the squad include two batters in Muskan Malik and Ayushi Soni. Though they may not make the final XI, the experience they stand to gain will be invaluable.

Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), Jemimah Rodrigues (v/c), 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

Probable XI: 1 Chamari Atapattu, 2 Priya Punia, 3 Jemimah Rodrigues (vc), 4 Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), 5 Shashikala Siriwardene, 6 Taniya Bhatia (wk), 7 Poonam Yadav, 8 Pooja Vastrakar, 9 Arundhati Reddy, 10 Radha Yadav, 11 Ayabonga Khaka

Written by NIDHI LOHIA

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