Star opener Smriti Mandhana on Monday described the match-winning 87-run knock in opposition to Ireland as one in every of her hardest innings because of the troublesome situations at St George’s Park.
Thanks to Mandhana’s career-best knock, India posted 155 for six after opting to bat first in its final group match of the Women’s T20 World Cup. In the run chase, Ireland was 54 for 2 in 8.2 overs, when rain stopped play. The DLS par rating after 8.2 overs was 59, and Ireland was 5 runs in need of that whole.
As the match couldn’t be restarted, India received the match underneath the D/L technique.
“The finger is fine. One of the most toughest innings I would have played. Not the wicket but the pace they were bowling and with the wind, it got worse,” Mandhana mentioned after the match.
“We were telling each other (with opening partner Shafali Verma) to try and maintain our shape. I was batting bad and she was not timing it well,” mentioned Mandhana, who was named the participant of the match for her 56-ball knock.
“But we were trying to discuss that and there was a lot of wind and we needed to get used to the pace they were bowling. Good to post some runs and go into the semis. The England match wasn’t the way we wanted.” India captain Harmanpreet Kaur mentioned it was a superb recreation for her facet.
“Smriti got runs, which is very important for us. Whenever she gives us starts we get to good total.” Asked why she batted at quantity three, Harmanpreet, who made 13, mentioned, “Just wanted to go up and spend some time in the middle, since I haven’t really got that.
India enters semis
Mandhana further stated that the team is thrilled to enter the semifinals and that the women in blue will give their best to enter the final.
“Making to semis means a lot, we are working a lot and wanted to do well whenever we get the opportunities. Good to get into the semis and we will give our 100 per cent. We always enjoy our match against them (Australia in semifinal). It will be a do or die and we want to play good cricket.”
Ireland captain Laura Delany was dissatisfied with the way through which the match ended.
“We were preparing for wind and we just tried to build partnership but rain got in our way.
“After 2018, Cricket Ireland have invested a lot in contracts. We want to improve on our fielding, it has overall been a very positive experience. Orla Prendergast has gone from strength to strength and if we could emulate her, it will be great,” she mentioned.
Source web site: sportstar.thehindu.com