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India vs New Zealand | We Need to Work on Last 10 Overs With the Bat: Harmanpreet

Following a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of New Zealand Women, Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur said that the batsmen will have to find a way to score runs in the last 10 overs in Twenty20 Internationals.

Cricketnext Staff |February 10, 2019, 5:01 PM IST
India vs New Zealand | We Need to Work on Last 10 Overs With the Bat: Harmanpreet

Following a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of New Zealand Women, Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur said that the batsmen will have to find a way to score runs in the last 10 overs in Twenty20 Internationals.

"Disappointing as all the games were so close but we couldn't get over the line. Few girls played really good cricket especially Smriti (Mandhana), Jemi (Jemimah Rodrigues) and few bowlers.

"I think in T20s we need to work on our last 10 overs with the bat, if we do that then we will be able to solve our problems."

Chasing 162, Mandhana (62-ball 86) got India off to a solid start. However, once she departed, Indian middle-order once again failed and couldn't get the job done.

Mandhana, who ended the series as the highest run-getter with 180 runs, said she wanted to finish the match for India.

"I really wanted to finish the game for India. I have never been that animated ever. I badly wanted to do it today and help the team get over the line but unfortunately, I couldn't," she said.

"Well, I think the girls fought really well. If you look back at the series and see, 70 or 80 percent of the times we were in winning positions. That's a good take away but there are a lot of things which we can improve.

"We need to address those (batting) issues as soon as possible. We need someone who can bat through 20 overs and someone who can go in at the middle overs and get runs later on."

White Ferns captain Amy Satterthwaite said the 3-0 scoreline doesn't reflect how competitive India were in this series.

"The 3-0 score doesn't show how good India have been. They were competitive throughout but we managed to cross the line again," she said.

"We have shown over the last two matches that we can make a comeback in a match."

Sophie Devine, who was named as the Player of the Match for 52-ball 72 and 2 for 21, praised Leigh Kasperek for bowling a sensible final over.

"Credit to girls for sticking through it. Another fantastic series comes to an end. Kasperek bowled a very good final over. Keeping things simple and keeping it very clear."

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