Women’s World T20: Everyone thought we wouldn’t make it to semis after Asia Cup loss, says Smriti Mandhana

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By: Sports Desk |

Published: November 16, 2018 3:10:59 pm





India beat Ireland by 52 runs. (Source: BCCI Women Twitter)

After India beat Ireland by 52 runs in the ICC Women’s World T20 match to advance to semifinals, vice-captain Smirti Mandhana said that they want to maintain their dominant form in every match. She also spoke about how everyone back home thought that they would not make it to the semifinals of the tournament after failure of winning the Asia Cup 2018 six months ago.

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India have maintained an unbeaten run at the tournament taking place in Guyana and now face Australia, who are the other unbeaten team in the group, in their final league match on Saturday and Mandhana said that they would be looking ‘to go all out’. “I think we will be looking at it as a match only and not just like we need to be on the top of the table of this group,” she said. “That’s what our mindset will be, and to go all out. Before coming into the World T20, Ramesh (Powar, the coach) had told us that you have to dominate each and every match, so that is the only mindset which we had the last three matches, and I don’t think it will change in the next match.”

Speaking on their win against Ireland on Thursday, Mandhana, who scored 33, said, “The first two matches I definitely felt we were good, but today I felt batting could have been better. But bowling and fielding I think we are really good, and we dominated the opposition.”

“I didn’t think that 140 was good enough because in T20s you can’t keep thinking about the wicket and the outfield because it’s such a fast game,” she said. “So I think we were aiming at 165 to 170, but unfortunately we could not do that.”

This is India’s second consecutive run to the semifinal in an ICC tournament but the side failed to win the Asia Cup after going down to Bangladesh in the final. “It means a lot because after the Asia Cup final, a lot of things happened back home,” Mandhana said. “Everyone had actually thought that we wouldn’t even make it to the semi-finals because we did not even win the Asia Cup. But I guess everyone was motivated enough after the Asia Cup that this time, this is the time everyone will be watching, and we have to prove our point because in 2017 we qualified for the final, but only it cannot happen just once.

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