Smriti Mandhana may have set the stage for India’s memorable semi-final victory against England with her blistering 61, but the classy opener says it’s Sneh Rana’s “amazing” death overs bowling that will be remembered for a long time to come. Rana (4-0-28-2) and Deepti Sharma (4-0-18-1) secured India’s memorable victory after Mandhana set the fastest half-century in T20 cricket. “In games like this the roles have to be switched. Deepti’s overs in the middle were important. Rana bowled great with only three outfield players at the deep end. That will be remembered for a long time,” Mandhana said after the game.
It was more important for Mandhana to win at all costs, having lost some close games, including the 2017 ODI World Cup final.
“I tried to remember the last ball games and hoped we would cross the line. We didn’t do very well, so more than my field work, I hoped to cross the line this time,” said Mandhana, then asked about her throw from the deep end to run Nat Sciver away.
In her own form, Mandhana said: “I’ve been hitting well for the past 2-3 weeks, it’s like being back 2-3 years. I’m glad I found the touch, I hope to do it in the final as well. ” He thanked the Indian supporters for their vociferous support.
“The crowd is great, today England had the support. Normally we have them. It will take me half an hour to let everything sink in. But it was a great day today.”
Jemimah has a sprain but will be fine, says Harmanpreet Kaur
Jemimah Rodrigues sustained a hand injury while fielding, but she is expected to play in the final tomorrow.
“Jemimah is a fighter, these things happen. She will be fine, she has a small sprain in her hand, but it will be fine,” said the skipper.
Harmanpreet defended the decision to surrender Shafali Verma the 16th, which amounted to 15 runs.
“She has a lot of confidence. We need someone who wants to bowl. You have to vary the pace, so we tried to use her to vary the tempo. One of her overs went well, but the other was expensive.” She looked very excited during the English innings and that was done intentionally to keep up the intensity.
“I had to get excited because if I was charged, the team would be involved and they would never think we’re out of the game.”
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