India women’s cricket team skipper Harmanpreet Kaur wants his batters to improve on their dot-ball count after progressing to the semis of the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa. India won the game by five runs by the DLS method securing their place in the semis.
India scored 155/6 powered by Smriti Mandhana‘s career-best 87. Shafali Varma scored 24 opening the batting while Jemimah Rodrigues chipped in with 19. Skipper Harmanpreet is yet to find her range in the tournament so far. Ireland were 54/2 in 8.2 overs when rain played spoilsport in the contest. In the end, India won by a narrow margin of five runs in the DL Method which was enough to take them to the semis.
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Against England, We Played Too Many Dot Balls: Harmanpreet Kaur
Meanwhile, Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur spoke about bringing down the dot-ball count in her post-match press conference. India played 51 dot balls in the loss against England. They had 41 dot balls against Ireland but still, they ended up winning the contest.
“Against England, we played too many dot balls. Things like that we have already been discussing in team meetings. But sometimes, when the other team is bowling too well, at the end of the day, these wickets are something when you score 150, that’s a par score for you” Harmanpreet said.
“Dot balls are something which [are] already worrying us. In the next game, we would love to see some improvement in that area also” she further added.
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150 Par Score In World Cup Games: Harmanpreet Kaur
The Indian skipper went on to say that in these kinds of pressure games in the World Cup, a score of around 150 is par. She also highlighted that the team is trying to adapt to situations and playing according to the conditions.
“World Cup games are always something where both the teams are always under pressure. I think these matches, if 150 is on the board, you always [have] the upper hand. We are not putting too much pressure on ourselves. We are just going [out] there and understanding what conditions are there and just playing according to the situation” said Harmanpreet.
Two more games remain on February 21 before the eventual semi-finalists will be decided. The two semifinals will be decided on February 23 and 24. The final will be played on February 26.
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