Women’s World Cup: Bowlers did well but batters need to step up, says India captain Mithali Raj
Women’s World Cup: After India’s 62-run loss to New Zealand in the ongoing Women’s ODI World Cup 2022 here in Hamilton at Seddon Park on Thursday, captain Mithali Raj claimed that the batting needs to improve.
Raj added that the 261-run total was chaseable but batting deteriorated as wickets fell at regular intervals against New Zealand. Amelia Kerr of New Zealand shined with an all-round performance, scoring fifty runs and taking three wickets to assist her country beat India by 62 runs. Harmanpreet Kaur’s valiant innings of 71 runs was in vain.
“I think after those early wickets, they got a good partnership going and it seemed like 280 would be on the cards. But we did well to pull things back at the end. It was a chaseable score, provided the top order managed the run rate properly,” said Mithali Raj in the post-match presentation.
“We needed one of the batters to bat deep. There was a lot of extra bounce under lights, nothing unplayable but we could have done better. The batting needs to get better. The bowlers have done well today, they did well last game too. The batting has to step up, ” she added.
Amy Satterthwaite and Amelia Kerr both bowled 75 and 50 runs, respectively. Pooja Vastrakar took four wickets for Women in Blue and was involved in a key run out, while Rajeshwari Gayakwad dismissed two players.