Smriti’s good batting made my job easier: Harmanpreet Kaur

East London, 24 January (Hindustan Times). Ahead of their 56-run win in the tri-series against the West Indies, Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur lauded Smriti Mandhana’s scintillating half-century, saying that her innings made her job easier. After the match, Harmanpreet said, “We do not want to rush with the bat at any cost and keeping wickets ...
 

Smriti’s good batting made my job easier: Harmanpreet Kaur

East London, 24 January (Hindustan Times). Ahead of their 56-run win in the tri-series against the West Indies, Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur lauded Smriti Mandhana’s scintillating half-century, saying that her innings made her job easier.

After the match, Harmanpreet said, “We do not want to rush with the bat at any cost and keeping wickets gives you confidence. We have to bat really well on these wickets where it is not easy to score runs. Smriti batted well and when I came out to bat, it was easy. Whenever you go out to bat, you want to score runs and I am glad I could do that today.”

Batting first, India scored 167 runs for 2 wickets in 20 overs.

Mandhana played an unbeaten inning of 74 runs in 51 balls with the help of 10 fours and a six. Captain Harmanpreet scored an unbeaten 56 in just 35 balls with the help of eight fours.

Shanika Bruce (1/25) and Karishma Ramharak (1/12) took one wicket each for the West Indies.

Chasing a target of 168 runs, the West Indies team could only manage 111 runs for 4 wickets in their 20 overs.

Shayman Campbell (47 off 57 balls) and skipper Hayley Mathews (34* off 29 balls) played some good innings for the Windies, but they could not take the team to victory. All-rounder Deepti Sharma (2/29) was instrumental in India’s 56-run victory, taking two wickets. Rajeshwari Gaikwad and Radha Yadav took one wicket each.

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