India eye better batting performance against England

A mid innings slump led to India’s 4-wkt defeat in their previous match

Melbourne: The Indian women’s cricket team will have to address its batting woes when it takes on England Women in a crucial league match of the T20 tri-series on Friday.

A mid innings slump led to India’s 4-wicket defeat in their previous match against hosts Australia. This was after beating England by 5 wickets in the tournament-opener last week.

Except for opener Smriti Mandhana (35) and captain Harmanpreet Kaur (28), Indian batters showed complete lack of application on a pitch offering extra bounce at Canberra. India lost their last 6 wickets for 21 runs to concede the match with 7 balls to spare.

16-year-old Shafali Verma, touted as the next big thing in women’s cricket, lasted only 3 balls while Jemimah Rodrigues crawled to 1 off 11 balls, leaving their team at 16 for 2 in 3 overs.

The experienced Mandhana and Harmanpreet stitched a 40-run stand before the captain’s dismissal triggered a collapse.

The Indian bowling attack did all it could, stretching the game till the penultimate over but there were not enough runs on the board. The tournament, which is an important preparatory event ahead of the T20 World Cup beginning in Australia on February 21, is intriguingly poised with all the three teams on 2 points from as many matches after one win and one defeat each.