Australian and Lendlease Breakers allrounder Ellyse Perry has once again shone on the world stage, in a momentous match for women’s cricket, the first ever Women’s IPL T20 Challenge fixture.
Perry was one of many star performers at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday. She claimed 2-20 from her three overs, and scored a vital 13 not out from 14 balls down the order, to help guide her team, the Supernovas, to a three-wicket victory over the Trailblazers.
Australian and Breakers wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy also featured in the match. She opened the batting for the Trailblazers but missed out on making a big score.
Captain of the Supernovas, Harmanpreet Kaur, won the toss and elected to field first and Healy (7) was the first wicket to fall for the Trailblazers with the score on 17.
The Trailblazers lost 4/58 within the opening nine overs to put the Supernovas on the front foot.
Perry collected the key wicket of Trailblazers captain and India opener, Smriti Mandhana (14), courtesy of an excellent catch from Kaur at mid-on.
Fellow Australian pace bowler, Megan Schutt (2-18), also picked up two vital scalps early on including aggressive Queensland batter Beth Mooney and Healy.
The Trailblazers recovered somewhat, thanks largely to 32 from 37 balls made by New Zealand allrounder Suzie Bates, before she was deceived by a slower ball from Perry.
Perry then produced an outstanding catch, centimetres from the ground, as she raced in from deep mid-on and dived forward to remove Indian teenager Jemimah Rodrigues (25).
In pursuit of 130 for victory, the Supernovas made steady progress and were well placed at 3/106 in the 15th over.
However, the Supernovas would need the composure and class of Perry to guide them home after they lost 4/20 between the 15th and 19th overs.
The victory was sealed for the Supernovas with the last ball of the allotted 20 overs.