Our batters and bowlers did it for us: India captain Mithali Raj is all praise for team after defeating Bangladesh

hidden, Mar, 16 2016
Our batters and bowlers did it for us: India captain Mithali Raj is all praise for team after defeating Bangladesh

Bengaluru: India women's team captain Mithali Raj on Tuesday said both batters and bowlers helped the team to turn the tables on Bangladesh who lost the opening match of the WT20 Tournament by 72 runs.

"As batters we definitely wanted to give a good start, which we did, though we lost a few wickets in the middle, but Veda (Krishnamurthy) and Harman (Harmanpreet Kaur) got us back into the game and helped us put on 160 plus total," she said.

"We were expecting showers and in this scenario we didn't want to leak too many runs in first five overs, since in a truncated game five overs are cut off point for a result. Our bowlers did well and thereafter, they unleashed a tight line. Yes, our batters and bowlers made the cut for us," Mithali told reporters.

Mithali Raj vs Bangladesh. AP

Mithali said it was their strategy to have Smriti Mandhana at one down in the event of losing Vanitha or herself early on because openers usually take risk to score runs in first six overs.

"Smriti is a very important wicket for us. We want a batter like her in the event of losing Vanitha early on, because openers take risk in first six overs," she said.

"Yes, we have certain roles for all our top order batters so that they can go out there with clear picture in mind as what is expected of them," Mithali added.

Asked the rationale behind opening with spin along with pace, Mithali said since the wicket was in favour of the batters, she employed spinner and a pacer from both ends.

"Today, it was completely a batting track. I did not want to have pacers from both ends. We also wanted pacers in middle overs, and therefore I employed spin from the other end along with a pacer," she said.

Mithali said the win has boosted their confidence. "It has given batters confidence because they got opportunity to bat in the middle, and bowlers also got their rhythm going into the match," she said.

However, Mithali said the team would have different strategies for good sides like West Indies and England.


Published Date: Mar 16, 2016 | Updated Date: Mar 16, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115