Bat­ting needs to be bet­ter: Mand­hana

The New Indian Express - - SPORT -

WHITE­WASHED by New Zealand women in their three­match T20I series, In­dia opener Sm­riti Mand­hana Sun­day said her team needs to ad­dress its bat­ting woes, es­pe­cially af­ter los­ing all games from win­ning po­si­tions. On Sun­day in the fi­nal clash, In­dia al­most pulled off a dra­matic win, but failed to score a bound­ary off the fi­nal de­liv­ery. Chas­ing 162, Mand­hana put In­dia on course with a ca­reer-best 86, but In­dia ended on 159/4. “The girls fought re­ally well. If you look back at the series, 70 to 80 per cent of the times we were in win­ning po­si­tions. That’s a good take­away, but there are a lot of things that 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 dur­ing the mid­dle overs and get runs later on.” Brief scores: NZ women 161/7 in 20 ovs (Devine 72; Deepti 2/28) bt In­dia women 159/4 in 20 ovs (Mand­hana 86;

Devine 2/21).

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