IPL Trailblazers is a cricket team from India. They started in 2018 to compete in the Women’s T20 Challenge. Smriti Mandhana is their captain. Once, they beat Supernovas in the final of the 2020 Women’s T20 Challenge by 16 runs and won the tournament.
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Trailblazers was made in 2018 to take part in the first Women’s T20 Challenge, where they played Supernovas in a one-off match. The game was seen as a response to the men’s Indian Premier League, and it was hoped that the one-off game would lead to a full-fledged tournament in the future. Smriti Mandhana, an Indian batter, will lead the team. She will be joined by Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, and Alyssa Healy, Suzie Bates, Beth Mooney, Danielle Hazell, and Lea Tahuhu, all of whom are from other countries.
In the game, which took place on May 22, 2018, the Trailblazers had to bat first. They were only able to score 129/6, with Suzie Bates getting the most runs with 32. In the last over of the game, Bates had to defend four runs. Ellyse Perry, batting for the Supernovas, hit a single on the last pitch to win the game for her team. The Supernovas won the first Women’s T20 Challenge, so they were named the winners.
With the addition of Velocity in 2019, the tournament now has three teams. In the group stage, each team played each other once. The top two teams from each group moved on to the final. Trailblazers beat Supernovas in their first game of the tournament, which was a rematch. Captain Mandhana scored 90 runs off of 67 balls, and Sophie Ecclestone and Rajeshwari Gayakwad bowled tight, which made it hard for the Supernovas batters to score. In their second game, against Velocity, Trailblazers batted first and scored 112/6, which Velocity was able to beat with two overs left. At the end of the group, everyone had two points, but the Trailblazers had the worst Net Run Rate, so they were out.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused the 2020 Women’s T20 Challenge to be put off, and it didn’t start until November. Trailblazers’ first game was against Velocity. They bowled them out for just 47 runs, and an international bowler named Sophie Ecclestone took 4 wickets for 9 runs. Then, Trailblazers got to their goal in 7.5 overs. In their second game, however, Supernovas gave them 146 runs to beat. Even though Deepti Sharma scored 43*, Trailblazers lost by two runs.
In 2022, Trailblazers lost to Supernovas by 49 runs in their first game of the tournament. In their second game, which was against Velocity, Trailblazers batted first and scored 190/5. Sabbhineni Meghana and Jemimah Rodrigues both hit 50s. Velocity were only allowed to score 174/9 in response, but at the end of the group, everyone had two points. The Trailblazers, however, had the worst Net Run Rate and were therefore kicked out of the tournament.
|No.||Name||Nationality||Birth date||Batting style||Bowling style||Notes|
|18||Smriti Mandhana||India||18 July 1996 (age 26)||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||Club captain|
|–||Sharmin Akhter||Bangladesh||31 December 1996 (age 25)||Right-handed||–||Overseas player|
|–||Sabbhineni Meghana||India||7 June 1996 (age 26)||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|–||Jemimah Rodrigues||India||5 September 2000 (age 22)||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|3||Salma Khatun||Bangladesh||1 October 1990 (age 32)||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Overseas player|
|47||Sophia Dunkley||England||16 July 1998 (age 24)||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||Overseas player|
|–||Hayley Matthews||West Indies||19 March 1998 (age 24)||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Overseas player|
|13||Richa Ghosh||India||28 November 2003 (age 19)||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|1||Rajeshwari Gayakwad||India||1 June 1991 (age 31)||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|–||Saiqa Ishaque||India||8 October 1995 (age 27)||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|–||Sujata Mallik||India||4 June 1993 (age 29)||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|–||Priyanka Priyadarshini||India||3 May 1992 (age 30)||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|20||Arundhati Reddy||India||10 April 1997 (age 25)||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|–||Renuka Singh||India||2 January 1996 (age 26)||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|–||Poonam Yadav||India||24 August 1991 (age 31)||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
Women’s T20 Challenge:
|Season||Final standing||League standings||Notes|
|2018||Runners-up||No Group stage||Lost to IPL Supernovas in the final|
|2020||Champions||2||1||1||0||0||2||+2.109||1st||Won against IPL Supernovas in the final|