The Women’s team of India experienced a whitewash by New Zealand women in the three-match T20 International series as the Indian batswomen failed to score a boundary on the final two balls of the last over and lost the final game by a mere two runs.
Once again it was opening batswoman Smriti Mandhana who took the team closer to the winning total but was unable to finish the game for her side. The other batswomen could not carry the momentum that was given by the 22-year-old and India ended their innings at 159 for the loss of 4 wickets.
After seeing the performances in the recently concluded series, the 22-year-old left-handed batter could not help but address the batting woes that the team has been facing in the shortest format of the game, especially after losing all the games from winning positions.
Mandhana shared, “Well, I think the girls fought really well. If you look back at the series and see, 70 or 80 percent of the times we were in winning positions. That is a good take away but there are a lot of things which we can improve. We need to address the batting issues as soon as possible. We need someone who can bat through 20 overs and someone who can go in at the middle overs and get runs later on.”
The young batter was the highest run-getter in the shortest format, amassing 180 runs from the three games at an average of 60, including two half-centuries. But she did not get any kind of support from the other end, due to which, India lost the series 3-0.
“I really wanted to finish the game for India. I have never been that animated ever. I badly wanted to do it today and help the team get over the line but unfortunately, I could not,” Mandhana shared.
Smriti concluded by saying that this tour has been a learning experience for the whole team and they have played some of their best cricket in the recently concluded tour of New Zealand.
Counting on the positives, Mandhana said, “We have done a lot of good things. We really played well in the first two matches of the ODI series. But we became a little complacent after that and we will try to go with the same intensity in all the future matches.”
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar