We Have the Depth in Our Fast Bowling, Says Mandhana

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We Have the Depth in Our Fast Bowling, Says Mandhana

| March 6, 2019, 9:58 PM IST

Guwahati: India's Twenty20 skipper Smriti Mandhana on Tuesday put her weight behind team's new seam bowlers, saying they will develop into match-winners with time and exposure.

While Shikha Pandey put up a reasonable show in the series-opener, giving away 18 runs in her four-over quota, Arundhati Reddy ended up bleeding 45 runs as India lost the match by 41 runs.

India's is a spin-heavy attack but Mandhana said that does not mean, there is no depth in the fast bowling unit. India had unleashed the spin-troika of Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav and Poonam Yadav in the first match of the series.

"I do not think we lack in the fast bowling department. Jhulan di has a lot of experience and it is unfair to expect a pace bowler to come in her second match and do the same thing Jhulan di does for us," Mandhana told reporters on the eve of the second T20 against England.

"I think looking at the pace bowlers, I do not think depth is not there, we just have to give them enough chances and I am sure they will produce match-winning performances."

Mandhana said she doesn't regret electing to bowl first in the first match, despite the bowlers giving away too many runs.

"I thought the wicket was really nice to bat on and it did not change much. If the wicket is changing in the second innings, then we would think the decision to bowl first was wrong," she said.

"Only in bowling, I thought we gave 10-15 runs extra, but saying that I thought 160 was gettable but none of the batters were able to stay on the wicket for a longer period."

Mandhana also heaped praise on left-arm spinner Radha Yadav, who had snapped two wickets in the first match.

"Radha has done really well for us in the T20 format in the past year. She is young and she gives us more as a batter as well in the middle-order," said Mandhana.

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