Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur feels pure confidence and a calculated approach helped the visitors improve the three-match run with a comprehensive eight wicket win over England in the second T20 International, County Ground, Derby. After a rather demoralizing defeat in the first game to damp and wet conditions, India bounced back in style to secure a morale-boosting win and take the series to the decider to be played in Bristol on Thursday. “I’m really happy, we played well. Everyone was looking forward to winning today, I’m happy about that. We do have plans for all the batters, but it was important that we execute them, the outfield players supported the bowlers well”, Harmanpreet said Tuesday night after the game.
“We’re improving as a fielding side, the way Radha fielded, she got injured in the last game, I’m happy with her effort today. Whenever we hit together (herself and Smriti), we have the confidence, we can approach the good, the right-left combination is always positive for us,” she added.
Opener Smriti Mandhana, whose sparkling unbeaten half-century (79 from 53 balls) led India through the match and secured a crucial victory for the visitors, said the aim was to come back stronger and even the series.
“We were eager to come back stronger and equalize the series. I pushed myself and was happy to contribute to the win. Good weather to bat (in England), for the CWG games, I think I found the right touch Smith said.
“Player of the match – In T20 cricket you would try to get a good start for the team. I am happy to contribute to the team,” she added.
Smriti praised her opening partner Shefali Verma, with whom she netted 55 runs for the opening wicket, something that helped India find momentum from the start of their chase.
“It depends on the day and the bowlers. Two years ago maybe she (Shafali Verma) was just trying to dominate, but now she knows who to focus on and respect good bowling. The good thing is we can both benefit from the batting power play, whoever has good contact takes the lead,” she said.
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