Need to improve bowling: Kaur

Last Updated 25 March 2018, 12:49 IST

Indian women's T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur on Sunday admitted her bowling unit needs to improve after England recorded the highest chase in T20 internationals against the hosts.

"If you see the first innings, the wicket was not that easy to bat on, but the way Mithali di and Smriti batted it was outstanding. I know in the bowling department we are not improving, we need to improve and we will definitely improve," Harmanpreet told reporters at the post-match conference.

"Well, if the wicket is good, we still need that much guts to bat or ball on, we just cannot depend on the wicket. We always need that effort to do something on the ground. And at least as a batting unit, we are showing that," she added.

India Women suffered their second successive defeat as England chased a mammoth 198  for four in just 18.4 over with Danielle Wyatt scoring a blistering 124.

Harmanpreet also opined that lack of dot balls cost the hosts the game.

"The only reason we could not make it today is that we did not ball dot-balls, the right-handed batswoman noted.

The skipper said that bowlers are not being able to bounce back after leaking runs in the first over and that was an area of concern.

"Of course, you get to know from the bowler's body language what she will do, sometimes when the first over does not go well, it becomes hard for the bowlers to bounce back, those are the areas we need to work on. Improvements come match by match and the good thing is that the girls know these things, she said.

Harmanpreet also said in this game the middle order too played their part, unlike the last games.

"Today we worked on that, when we lost Smriti and Mithali di's wicket, we did not slow on the game, we kept hitting the ball and when we need boundaries we were getting that, and that is the reason we scored 198," said Harmanpreet.

(Published 25 March 2018, 12:46 IST)

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