‘Need some­one to bat 20 overs’

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —PTI

Hamil­ton: White­washed by New Zealand women in the three-match T20 series, In­dia opener Sm­riti Mand­hana, on Sun­day, said her team needs to ad­dress its bat­ting woes.

“Well, I think the girls fought re­ally well. If you look back at the series and see, 70 or 80 per cent of the times we were in win­ning po­si­tions. That’s a good take away but there are a lot of things which we can im­prove,” said Mand­hana.

“We need to ad­dress those (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,” she said.

Mand­hana re­turned as the high­est run-get­ter in the T20 series, amass­ing 180 runs from three games at an av­er­age of 60. “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 couldn’t,” the south­paw said.

On the pos­i­tives from the tour, Mand­hana said: “We have done a lot of good things. We re­ally played well in the first two matches.”

—AFP

In­dia opener Priya Pu­nia is stumped by New Zealand’s Katey Martin (R) in the 3rd T20I in Hamil­ton on Sun­day

—AFP

In­dia’s Sm­riti Mand­hana in ac­tion dur­ing the 3rd T20I on Sun­day

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