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“One Of The Toughest Innings…”: Smriti Mandhana After Guiding India To Women’s T20 World Cup Semi-Final




Star opener Smriti Mandhana on Monday described her match-winning knock of 87 against Ireland as one of her toughest innings due to the difficult conditions at St George’s Park. Mandhana’s career-best knock helped India post 155 for six after electing to bat in their last group match of the Women’s T20 World Cup. Chasing down the target, Ireland were 54 for two in 8.2 overs when heavy rain stopped play. The score at DLS Par after 8.2 overs was 59, and Ireland were five runs short of that total.

As the match could not be resumed, India won the match under the D/L method.

Mandhana said after the match, “The finger is fine. One of the toughest innings I have played. Not the wicket but the speed they were bowling at and with the wind, it got worse.”

Mandhana, who was adjudged man of the match for her 56-ball innings, said, “We were telling each other (along with opening partner Shafali Verma) to try to maintain our rhythm. I was batting badly and she was right. Wasn’t batting on time.” ,

“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. It was good to post some runs and get into the semi-finals. England match It wasn’t what we wanted.” Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur said it was a good game for her team.

“Smriti has scored runs, which is very important for us. Whenever she gives us starts, we get to good scores.” Asked why she batted at number three, Harmanpreet, who scored 13 runs, said, “Just wanted to go up and spend some time in the middle, because I didn’t really get that.

“(Reaching the semi-finals) means a lot, we are working very hard and want to do well whenever we get the opportunity. It is good to reach the semi-finals and we will give our 100%. We will always go against them (in Australia) Let’s enjoy our match. Semi-final). It will be do or die and we want to play good cricket. Ireland captain Laura Delany was disappointed with the way the match ended.

“We were preparing with the wind and we just tried to build partnerships but the rain came our way.

“After 2018, Cricket Ireland has invested a lot in contracts. We are looking to improve our fielding, it has been a very positive experience overall. Orla Prendergast has gone from strength to strength and if we can follow her example If you can, that would be great.”

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