Mumbai (Uttam Hindu News): Around two and a half India’s return to international women’s cricket months later ended with a crushing 38-run defeat to England. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur believes that the new bowlers will have to prepare themselves for every challenge before the 2024 Women’s T20 World Cup. India won the toss and decided to bowl first. Thanks to fast bowler Renuka Singh Thakur, England suffered setbacks in the opening over itself. But other bowlers, including two new spinners Saika Ishaq and Shreyanka Patil, failed to make a mark. After this, due to poor Indian bowling, the visiting team scored 197/6.
Chasing the target of 198 runs, the Indian team could score only 159 runs for six wickets despite a half-century by opener Shefali Verma (52 runs in 42 balls, nine fours). After the match, Harmanpreet said, “We did not follow our plans. New bowlers will have to prepare themselves going into the T20 World Cup. I know it is a difficult challenge. There are very good batsmen in the opposing team. He has played good cricket for so many years. We have made some changes in the bowling. We will come back stronger soon.”
Apart from poor bowling and batting, India’s fielding was also poor. Danny and Nate Sciver got life in the same over. The Indian captain said, “I was expecting good fielding, but when you are away from the international game, the pressure can get to you. We just needed to support ourselves, we were looking for a good start. We took control of the game after a few wickets fell but the last ten overs did not go according to plan. England captain Heather Knight is happy with the winning start to her India tour. He said, “The team performed well. We continued to attack, pick the right areas, build good partnerships. This is the way we want to see the game. We want to put pressure on the opposition team.”
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