Women’s World Cup: Mithali Raj lauds team effort after India’s second successive win

first_imgMithali Raj missed out on her record extending eighth consecutive half-century in ODI cricket, falling agonisingly short of the mark by four runs, but another strong batting display from opener Smriti Mandhana sealed a comfortable seven-wicket victory for India against the West Indies in their second match of the ICC Women’s World Cup on Thursday.Mandhana’s unbeaten 106 off 108 balls, studded with 13 boundaries and two sixes, helped India chase down their target of 184 runs with 45 balls remaining.”Very pleased with the way the girls responded with crucial run-outs even though there were couple of lapses in the field (drops). A very good knock from Mandhana,” said India captain Mithali at the post match press conference.  Coming out to bat after India lost two quick wickets of Poonam Raut and Deepti Sharma with the score reading 33-2 in 7.2 overs, Mithali along with Mandhana set a strong basis for India’s challenge.Mithali was caught at mid-off on 46 as she failed to clear the circle off a delivery from West Indies off-spinner Hayley Matthews, but not before adding 108 runs with her partner for the third wicket.”We needed a partnership and lost two early wickets so it was important that two of us among the runs got one going. I told Smriti not to play any rash shots because another wicket would have been crucial,” she said.The captain though, was not entirely happy with India’s fielding performance in this match.  “I was hoping the seamers would utilise the conditions after we chose to bowl. But maybe it wasn’t the day and the spinners did exceptionally well to bring us back. We need to work on our catching, fielding is very crucial and it can win us matches.”advertisementMithali and India will need another similar performance on Sunday when they  come up against arch rivals Pakistan at Derby.last_img read more