India girls’s staff captain Harmanpreet Kaur on Friday blamed a change within the batting order for Pakistan’s loss, saying the choice to provide sufficient taking part in time to the batsmen forward of subsequent yr’s T20 World Cup backfired. India suffered solely their third loss to arch-rivals Pakistan when Harmanpreet’s staff scored 124 runs chasing their modest goal of 138 runs within the Girls’s Asia Cup right here.
“It was a chaseable goal. Within the center overs, we weren’t capable of take singles and rotate the strike. We performed numerous dot balls,” Harmanpreet mentioned within the post-match presentation.
Opener Shafali Verma continued to be rested, whereas Harmanpreet batted solely at quantity seven to steer the aspect as India continued to experiment within the lead-up to the T20 World Cup in South Africa subsequent yr.
“I feel within the center we had been making an attempt to provide possibilities to different batsmen. It’s a must to do this due to the match, nevertheless it backfired and we needed to pay the worth for the sport.”
Sabbhineni Meghna continued to open in Shafali’s absence as she was cheaply dismissed for 15. India additionally misplaced Smriti Mandhana (17) contained in the power-play.
Jemima Rodrigues (2) additionally fell low-cost because the inexperienced center order comprising Dayalan Hemlata (20) and Pooja Vastrakar (5) didn’t regular the ship.
“It can be crucial for me that whoever is new to the staff will get sufficient matches earlier than the World Cup. It was a superb alternative for others,” Harmanpreet mentioned after taking part in a 12-run knock.
India final took on their arch-rivals on the Birmingham Commonwealth Video games in July, the place they gained by eight wickets on their method to a silver medal.
“We do not take any staff frivolously. It is a part of the sport. They performed good cricket and deserved to win. We have to work on the areas and get stronger,” Harmanpreet mentioned.
India will subsequent tackle hosts and defending champions Bangladesh right here on Saturday.
Pakistan, then again, had been again on monitor after a stunning upset in opposition to Thailand on Thursday as they’re now tied at India’s (six) stage.
Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof mentioned, “After yesterday it was a vital recreation for us. We executed issues very effectively. We simply needed to take deliberate dangers.”
Center-order batsman Nida Dar took her batting ahead by taking part in an unbeaten 56 off 37 balls. He took 2 for 23 together with his offspin.
“Nida performed an essential innings for us. We’ve got a spot within the center, and we all know Nida cannot hit so we wish to hit the areas of power.
“We did not assess the situations (yesterday) effectively. We learn as we speak’s situations very effectively. We executed the plans very effectively as we speak,” he mentioned. PTI TAP TAP ATK ATK
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