Bengaluru: The scorecard says it’s the perfect game for India, but the scorecard often lies. There were a few misfields and dropped catches, not to mention full tosses. They were close to perfect, especially in the batting department which is heartening. With four of the top six in the form of their lives, Mithali will sleep a lot better.
Jahanara Alam: “Our spinners were good but we leaked too many runs in the slog overs. They had wickets in hand it was always going to be difficult. India have a strong bowling sude and with the required run-rate above 9 it was always going to be hard. But I feel scoring 91 against India is a decent effort. We still have 3 matches in hand and hopefully we will do better in those games.”
Mithali Raj: “I think the team has done very well. Though Bangladesh are a improved side a win against them will give a lot of confidence. The wicket was good to bat and it was always important to get a good start. The ball was also coming on nicely and as I said the start it very important.”
After Indian Women posted their highest T20I total, it was always going to be a herculean task for the visitors. The chase never got going as wickets fell at regular intervals. For India it was just a stroll in the park as they never looked under presuure, be it with the ball or bat. The fielding has also been exceptional.
“The team was expecting big score from me and I just tried to execute myself on the wicket. I’m really happy that I contributed to the team. Our target was 180 so I just tried to go hard towards the end. The way we played today, we want to continue the form till the final game. We want to carry on the momentum” reveals an elated Harmanpreet Kaur who deservedly is the Player of the Match
Heres the last over.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Jahanara Alam, 2 runs, that’s that! Indian Women start their campaign with a huge win over Bangladesh. Coming to the finish: Tossed up outside off, Jahanara Alam chips the drive over cover and gets back for a second. The throw from deep extra cover was flat and right in front of the stumper. There was an appeal for run-out check at the striker’s end but Jahanara Alam was home.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Nigar Sultana, 1 run, full on middle, flicked wristily towards long-on
Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Nigar Sultana, FOUR, tossed well wide of off, Nigar Sultana jumps down the pitch and slices the drive over a leaping backward point, three fielders gave chase but none got to the ball
Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Jahanara Alam, 1 run, sliding in around middle, Jahanara Alam gets down on one knee and slog-sweeps it over mid-wicket, on the bounce to the fielder in the deep
Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Nigar Sultana, 1 run, shortish and outside off, chopped to backward point
Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Jahanara Alam, 1 run, tossed full around off, Jahanara Alam drills it down to long-on