India ladies’s crew skipper Harmanpreet Kaur on Friday blamed their shock loss to Pakistan on rejigged batting order, saying the choice to offer batters sufficient recreation time earlier than subsequent yr’s T20 World Cup backfired. India suffered solely their third loss to arch-rivals Pakistan when Harmanpreet’s aspect choked for 124 of their modest chase of 138 within the Ladies’s Asia Cup right here.
“It was a chaseable goal. Within the center overs, we weren’t capable of take singles and rotate the strike. We performed too many dot balls,” Harmanpreet stated on the post-match presentation.
Opener Shafali Verma continued to be rested, whereas Harmanpreet returned to steer the aspect solely to bat manner down at No 7 as India continued to experiment within the lead as much as the T20 World Cup in South Africa subsequent yr.
“I believe within the center we have been making an attempt to offer different batters an opportunity. You need to do this because the event goes on, but it surely backfired and value us the sport,” she stated.
Sabbhineni Meghana continued to open in absence of Shafali as she bought out cheaply for 15. India additionally misplaced Smriti Mandhana (17) contained in the power-play.
Jemimah Rodrigues (2) additionally fell cheaply because the inexperienced middle-order comprising Dayalan Hemalatha (20) and Pooja Vastrakar (5) did not regular the ship.
“For me it’s important that whoever is new to the aspect, they need to get sufficient video games earlier than the WC. It was a fantastic alternative for others,” Harmanpreet, who scored a run-a-ball 12, stated.
India final took on their arch-rivals on the Birmingham Commonwealth Video games in July, the place they received by eight wickets en path to profitable a silver medal.
“We do not take any crew frivolously. It’s a part of the sport. They performed good cricket and deserved to win. We have to work on areas and be robust,” Harmanpreet stated.
India will subsequent face hosts and defending champions Bangladesh right here on Saturday.
Pakistan, then again, returned to profitable methods after a shock reversal towards Thailand on Thursday as they’re now stage with India (six) on factors tally.
“It was a vital recreation for us after yesterday. We executed the issues very nicely. We simply needed to take calculated dangers,” Pakistan skipper Bismah Maroof stated.
Center-order batter Nida Dar struck a 37-ball 56 not out to anchor their batting. She additionally chipped in together with her offspin to return with 2 for 23.
“Nida performed an important innings for us. Within the center we now have gaps, and we all know Nida cant hit so we glance to hit the energy areas.
“We did not assess the circumstances nicely (yesterday). We learn the circumstances nicely in the present day. We executed the plans very nicely in the present day,” she added. PTI TAP TAP ATK ATK
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