Women’s World Cup: Learnt from our mistakes, not going to repeat it, says Smriti Mandhana

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Women's World Cup: Learnt from our mistakes, not going to repeat it, says Smriti Mandhana
Women's World Cup: Learnt from our mistakes, not going to repeat it, says Smriti Mandhana

Women’s World Cup: Learnt from our mistakes, not going to repeat it, says Smriti Mandhana

Women’s World Cup: Smriti Mandhana, who shared the Player of the Match award with Harmanpreet Kaur after India thrashed West Indies in the ongoing Women’s ODI World Cup here at Seddon Park on Saturday, expressed her happiness.

Smriti Mandhana’s and Harmanpreet Kaur’s centuries were backed up by a strong bowling performance to help India beat West Indies by 155 runs. India’s opener praised her team’s effort to keep the scoreboard moving in their match, saying they had learned from their mistakes.

“I think scoring a century and not being a Player of the Match is something I really wouldn’t want as a player. I think we both contributed equally for us to score 300. So, I think it’s good for us to share the trophy. And I think both are good contenders to get it. We learnt from our mistakes and that’s something we thought we are not going to repeat it,” said Smriti Mandhana in the post-match presentation.

Smriti Mandhana batted first and hit 123 from 119 balls, then Harmanpreet Kaur hammered 109 from just 107 deliveries to lead Women in Blue to a mammoth total of 317/8.

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Women’s World Cup: Learnt from our mistakes, not going to repeat it, says Smriti Mandhana
Talking about the 184-run partnership with Harmanpreet, Smriti remarked:

“As batters, we both prefer chasing and setting the target both together. Last game we didn’t get going and in chasing it’s very important to get the momentum.”

“Our strengths are really different because she is really good with spin and I like pace on the ball. So when the spinner comes on I give her the strike. And when the pacer comes on she gives me the strike. I’m sure ICC will be giving another trophy and I’m sure they have enough budget to do that,” she added.

This is the tournament’s first loss for the West Indies. The Indian women’s team had the best score in the World Cup with 317.

In 40.3 overs, West Indies were reduced to 162. In the 36th over, Jhulan Goswami took her record-breaking wicket, while Sneh Rana finished the day with three wickets.