Smriti Mandhana, India’s leading batter and the player who was instrumental in her team’s victory over Australia in the second women’s Twenty20 match on Sunday, referred to the encounter as “one of the most entertaining matches” she has ever been a part of.
After the scores were tied at 187, the match went into a Super Over, which India won, bringing their record in the five-match series to 1-1.
“We are overjoyed to see such wickets prepared for the women’s game of cricket; this bodes well for high scores and high run chases. I believe that this is one of the most interesting games that any of us have ever participated in, “remarked Smriti Mandhana during the presentation that took place after the contest.
“While they were batting, I realised that it was a fantastic pitch, and from that point on, I was anticipating a high score. We didn’t want to repeat the error we had in the previous innings, so we “Smriti Mandhana, who scored 79 runs off 49 balls and was named player of the match for her performance, remarked.
She mentioned that everyone on the Indian squad appreciated going after targets, but she also mentioned that the team “also needs to focus on setting totals.”
Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of India, stated that her team had gained a lot of knowledge from the last match, which the home team had lost by nine wickets.
“We had faith in ourselves. If someone had been able to collect a little bit more, we might have been able to go up to 200. So then, in order to support us, that was the plan for today “— I quote her.
Kaur had this to say about Richa Ghosh, who scored 26 runs without being out off just 13 balls: “Even when she wasn’t getting runs, I was always behind her and supporting her. Today, we got to see what we were capable of accomplishing with her power hitting.
“Fielding is an area that need continued improvement, as we allowed far too many runs to score today. Today’s bowling was better than yesterday’s because the surface was too simple to bat on, leaving the bowlers with nothing to work with.
Fielding is the one aspect of our game that we need to do better at from today.” Alyssa Healy, the captain of Australia, stated that “Tonight I was a little off with the ball, and they took advantage of it. The fact that 40,000 people have come out to watch women’s cricket today is a fantastic advertisement for the sport.
“I believe we were a little off with the ball, which made them have to chase for it. India were all over us in that pursuit, so it was a good thing that we were able to hold in there until the end and get it to the Super Over. We put up a valiant effort throughout, fighting right up until the very end, to secure that spot for ourselves.”