Harmanpreet Kaur blames batting order for loss against Australia

Harmanpreet Kaur

India Women’s team skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur blamed poor performance from the batting order for the loss they suffered against Australia in the third T20.

India is hosting the Australian women’s cricket team for a series of 5 T20 internationals. Australia took an early lead in the series after winning the opening game. However, India registered a heroic comeback in the second T20 international. The match was tied, and Smriti Mandhana’s heroics helped India win the game in the super over.

The series was tied 1-1 when the teams arrived at DY Patil Stadium for the third game. Harmanpreet Kaur led the Indian team and restricted Australia to a total of 172. However, Indian batters did not turn up well for the chase and fell short of 21 runs at the end. In the post-match presentation, Harmanpreet Kaur stated India’s excessive consumption of dot balls as the reason for the loss.

“We played too many dot balls,” Harmanpreet Kaur

Indian skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur was up for a chat in the post-match presentation after the loss in the third T20. She stated that she was happy with the bowler’s efforts. However, she blamed the middle order for eating up too many deliveries in the middle.

“The way Anjali and Devika took the responsibility was outstanding to watch. Very impressed with the way they’re bowling. After getting them on 170-odd runs, we really thought we can chase this total. We played too many dot balls in the middle”

Harmanpreet Kaur further added that the team could not execute their plan of rotating the strike in the middle overs.

“After getting boundary, our plan was to rotate strike but didn’t happen. Shafali or myself – we had in mind one of us needs to play till end. But we have a long batting lineup now and can play freely. So we can go for our shots. Don’t really need one of us to play till the end”

India women are now trailing 1-2 in the 5 match T20 series.

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