ICC Women's World Cup 2022: We Definitely Didn't Have Partnerships And It Didn't Go Our Way – Mithali Raj After 4-wicket Defeat Against England

Updated - 16 Mar 2022, 04:11 PM

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Mithali Raj-led Indian team lost the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 clash against the Heather Knight-led England by 4 wickets on Wednesday at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.

England Women won the toss and opted to bowl first and they were able to restrict India at just 134 runs. The best performer from the England team was spinner Charlotte Dean who was able to pick up 4 wickets.

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Smriti Mandhana. Photo- ICC
Smriti Mandhana. Photo- ICC

Meanwhile, from the Indian team, Smriti Mandhana top-scored for the side with 35 runs off 58 balls in her bag while Richa Ghosh (33) and Jhulan Goswami (20) made decent contributions. Also, the India captain once again failed to perform well as she was dismissed by A Shrubsole at the score of 1.

When you lose you always think you are short on runs – Mithali Raj

Mithali Raj of India (Photo-AP)
Mithali Raj of India (Photo-AP)

During the post-match presentation, the Indian captain said that they failed to build good partnerships, which resulted in their loss. She added that had the team scored 200 runs the match could have gone either way.

“We definitely didn’t have partnerships and it didn’t go our way despite getting what we wanted after losing the toss. When you lose you always think you are short on runs. Getting 200 could have had the match go either way,” said Mithali after the match against England ended.

Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj. (Credits: Twitter)

Mithali Raj further added that the fielding performance of the team has been good and the players have made massive improvements but she opined there is a lot of work that needs to be done on the batting side of things. She signed off by lavishing praise on the veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami.

Every game we’ve done well as a fielding unit. It is a department where we have improved. We need to work very hard with our batting. It is an honour to play alongside Jhulan Goswami. It is difficult for any fast bowler to play at this level consistently,” she added.

Meanwhile, India are now ranked third in the ICC Women’s World Cup points table with 4 points from 4 games.

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