Women’s T20 challenge 2022: Reema Malhotra lauds S Meghana’s knock for Trailblazers vs Velocity

Reema Malhotra has praised S Meghana for playing a match-winning knock for the Trailblazers in their Women’s T20 Challenge 2022 game on Thursday (May 26) against Velocity.

Meghana hit 73 carries on just 47 balls, a shot studded with seven fours and four sixes. Their innings helped Smriti Mandhana’s side set a massive target of 191 runs for Velocity and they won the match by 16 runs.

During a discussion on Star Sports, Reema Malhotra was asked her opinion on Meghana’s knock. She replied:

“I was a little surprised you didn’t play them in the last game and if you had played them you might have been in a different situation. But the good thing was they played S Meghana here and the devastating punches she’s known for, she started that way.”

The former leg spinner from India gave Meghana special credit for sticking to her game and playing with confidence. Malhotra stated:

“She likes to play right on the ground, we saw those shots. You should see the confidence, it shows you had the form. It wasn’t a normal game, it was a high-pressure game, it was a do-or-die match and the start Meghana gave kept the Trailblazers alive.”

Meghana was left out by the Trailblazers playing XI for their first game against Supernovas. However, with the defending champion suffering a 49-round loss in that game, she was included in the team at the expense of Sharmin Akhter of Bangladesh.

“If Trailblazers were in this match, the reason it was S Meghana” – Snehal Pradhan

Jemimah Rodrigues and Meghana have strung together a 113-year partnership [P/C: iplt20.com]
Jemimah Rodrigues and Meghana have strung together a 113-year partnership [P/C: iplt20.com]

Snehal Pradhan also called Meghana’s exclusion from the Trailblazers starting XI for their game against Supernovas a surprising decision. She observed:

“If Trailblazers were in that match, the reason it was S was Meghana and the way they played. Given her form in domestic cricket, it was quite surprising that she didn’t play the first match.”

However, she credited team management for correcting her mistake and Meghana for seizing her chance. Pradhan said:

“We’ve seen positive cricket, not just on the field in the form of Meghana’s batting, but also off the field in decision making. They said that they will play S Meghana even if they would have to play less against a foreign player, the batting will be stronger. They wanted to play in the XI against Meghana and Jemimah together and they both scored runs.”

Meghana and Jemimah Rodrigues’ partnership following Mandhana’s early release gave the Trailblazers hope of qualifying for the Finals. However, they were only able to win the match by 16 runs, while a 32-run margin was required to qualify for the title decision.

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Edited by Sankalp Srivastava