Women’s World Cup: Yastika’s ‘anchoring innings’ was important, says captain Mithali Raj

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Women's World Cup: Yastika's 'anchoring innings' was important, says captain Mithali Raj
Women's World Cup: Yastika's 'anchoring innings' was important, says captain Mithali Raj

Women’s World Cup: Yastika’s ‘anchoring innings’ was important, says captain Mithali Raj

Women’s World Cup: In India’s must-win game at Seddon Park, Yastika Bhatia’s 50-run innings against Bangladesh proved crucial. India were 108 for 4 at one point, but Yastika Bhatia‘s half-century helped India to 229/7 in 50 overs.

Her gritty knock praised by the skipper Mithali Raj. “The anchoring innings by Yastika was important. The partnership from Sneh Rana and Pooja was crucial to get to 230,” said India Women’s Team captain Mithali Raj on Yastika Bhatia’s knock.

India lost three wickets in short succession after Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma put on 74 runs for the first wicket. India was lowered from 74 for no loss to 74/3.

“Happy with the win. It does happen sometimes. I remember the last time I was inconsistent was in 2012. So, it does happen. But we had a good opening partnership. On a wicket like this, it’s hard for an incoming batter to get runs, ” said Mithali Raj during the post-match presentation ceremony.

Women's World Cup: Yastika's 'anchoring innings' was important, says captain Mithali Raj
Yastika’s ‘anchoring innings’ was important, says captain Mithali Raj

Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma scored 30 and 42 respectively at the opening of the innings. Richa Ghosh (26), Pooja Vastrakar (30*), and Sneh Rana (27) all played small but significant cameos to help India cross the 200-run mark.

“It’s a good effort from the batting line-up to get there despite the loss of wickets. electors have also been on the same page in bringing more all-rounders. For a long time, we’ve always banked on our spinners and we have quality spinners. Today’s surface did help them a lot too. Wouldn’t say we are spin-dominant, it also depends on the opposition we’re playing,” said Mithali Raj.

In their next league game, Mithali Raj and her teammates will face the South Africa Women’s team in Christchurch.

“We haven’t played a game in Christchurch yet, so that’s a challenge. It’s an important game for India and we would want to do well in all departments,” said Mithali Raj on facing South Africa.