Harmanpreet Kaur Acknowledges Batting Struggles as Australia Clinches T20I Victory

Despite India’s batting struggles, captain Harmanpreet Kaur commends bowlers after a closely-fought T20I loss to Australia.

In a closely contested encounter, India’s women’s cricket team suffered a six-wicket defeat to Australia in the second T20I. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur admitted that the total posted by her team wasn’t sufficient but appreciated the bowlers for their resilient performance, giving India a slim chance to bounce back in the match.

At the DY Patil Stadium, India’s bowlers showcased determination against Australia’s batters. However, defending a total of 131 after being put into bat first posed a challenging task for the hosts. The result sets the stage for a series decider on Tuesday at the same venue.

Harmanpreet Kaur, reflecting on the match, stated, “I think the score wasn’t enough on the board, but our bowlers did well. We took it to the 19th over, and that was the biggest positive. In the first game, we set the standard. In these games, we have to put up a good show with the fielding.”

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Expressing the team’s initial target, she added, “When we were in the middle, we thought 150 would be a good total, but we kept losing wickets, and a few overs were bowled well. But we have to think of what we have to do in the final game if we bat first.”

Harmanpreet also expressed hope that the young players in the team will continue to improve with exposure against Australia. “This young group looks positive, and hopefully, they will keep improving with experience.”

Australia’s skipper, Alyssa Healy, celebrating Ellyse Perry’s 300th international game, expressed delight over the team’s victory after losing the series opener. She praised pace all-rounder Kim Garth for her impactful spell of 2-27 in four overs.

“We probably still didn’t execute as much as we’d want, but we are happy to take the win,” said Healy. “I think we just needed to be more clinical. We just didn’t execute well enough the other night, and the bowlers did well today. Hopefully, we’ll go one better in a couple of days.”

IANS