Women’s World Cup: Need to do better with bat, top order needs to fire up, says Mithali Raj
Women’s World Cup: India captain Mithali Raj admits that her team’s batting is a concern after a 62-run loss to New Zealand in the Women’s ODI World Cup 2022 at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.
Raj has urged the top of the order to rediscover their form, and she has stated that the bowlers are preparing for Saturday’s match against the West Indies.
“I think we need to do better with the bat, the top-order needs to fire because in this tournament, when you’re chasing 250 or 270, you need to score runs,” said Mithali Raj in the post-match presentation.
“Our bowlers have done well today but that is something we are working on for when we face West Indies [on Saturday].
Raj emphasised that losing wickets at frequent intervals against New Zealand puts a lot of strain on the team. She went on to say that the team should have done better because nothing in the match was unplayable.
“It was chaseable but we were losing wickets and keeping the run-rate low enough was tough. They put a lot of pressure on us because they knew we didn’t have a batter capable of taking the team through.
“I think there was bounce but it was a bit slow onto the bat. The New Zealand seamers were hitting the right areas. But it wasn’t something that was unplayable and we could have done better.”
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.
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.