India look for improved batting effort in must-win tie | Cricket News

BRISTOL: After a disappointing performance in the series opener against England, the Indian women’s cricket team will be aiming for a much improved batting effort in the second T20I on Tuesday.
The first match at Chester-Le-Street saw the Indian batters beat the English bowlers.
“We discussed a few things after the first game. We obviously haven’t played the brand of cricket that we’ve been playing for the past few months.
“We really have to match the standards of what we have achieved in the past. It was a bit disappointing but it was just another bad day,” fly-half Smriti Mandhana said at the press conference for pre-game.
“We need to improve our striking in the middle of the overs”
Smriti reiterated what the skipper Harmanpreet Kaur had to say after the defeat in the first game on unsuitable conditions at Chester-Le-Street, but admitted the team badly needed to improve their batting, particularly in the middle overs.
“Yes, the conditions weren’t that good in the first game and there were some fixes on the outfield as well. But we won’t use that as an excuse.
“We need to improve our batting between 12th and 18th. It’s something we didn’t do in Game 1.”
Smriti admitted that a wishy-washy approach from Indian batters resulted in a disappointing performance and the aim is to put the score around 160-170 if they are to beat a quality team.
“Given the standard of T20 cricket these days, we have to score between 160 and 170 to be on the safer side. But it also depends on the nature of the wicket,” Smriti said.
“After the CWG, I think it’s up to Harman, Jemimah or my responsibility to get the team through the 20 overs. But, given that it’s T20 cricket, we brought in Hemalatha and Kiran in the mix. But, you have to give them time to perform to reach that level,” she added.
“The medical team is still examining Radha’s injury”
Radha Yadav, whose diving effort in the second leg of England’s opener pursuit ended in a shoulder injury, looks doubtful for the second game.
The 23-year-old left the pitch in pain and her departure also meant India were running out of melon.
“The medical team is still examining Radha Yadavthe state. We will only know about his availability before the game,” Smriti said.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Jemimah Rodrigues, Sneh RanaRenuka Singh, Meghna Singh, Radha Yadav, S Meghana, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Dayalan Hemalatha, Simran Dil Bahadur, Richa Ghosh and Kiran Prabhu Navgire.
England: Amy Jones (captain and wk) Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah GlenFreya Kemp, Bryony Smith, Issy Wong and Danni Wyatt.
Match start: 11:00 p.m. IST.

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