Feel we forcefully played: Harmanpreet Kaur not pleased with wet playing conditions in 1st T20I vs England Women

Amy Jones-led side dominated the series opener as they restricted Women in Blue at 132/7 before chasing it down comprehensively.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 11 September 2022 09:18 PM


India were outplayed by England in the first T20 international on Sunday at Riverside Ground, in Chester-le-Street. Amy Jones-led side dominated the series opener as they restricted the Women in Blue to 132/7 before chasing it down comprehensively.  

Sophia Dunkley-powered England women had a flying start to their run chase as the openers added 60-runs for the first wicket before Richa Ghosh dismissed Danielle Wyatt (24 off 16). Meanwhile, top-order batter Dunkley remained unbeaten in the game as she scored 61-runs off 44 deliveries with the help of one maximum and eight boundaries. After Wyatt's dismissal, Alice Capsey (32 off 20) stitched a match-winning partnership with Dunkely to secure an easy win for the hosts.

However, Harmanpreet Kaur hailed her girls for playing in the match despite the high risk of getting injured due to challenging conditions on the field. "I am happy that girls put in the efforts, and they played despite significant chances of getting injured. It was not 100 per cent conditions, the ground was too wet. One of our players eventually got injured and we were one bowler short throughout the second innings," said Kaur. 

Adding further, the Indian skipper claimed that they she feels like her side was forced to play the game. "Girls could not add enough runs on board as they were not feeling comfortable playing. I just feel we forcefully played because conditions were not 100 percent fit to play," Harmanpreet said after the match.

Notably, the day saw a considerable amount of rain in England which also delayed the proceedings of the match. 

Speaking of the game, Indian openers Smriti Mandhana (23 off 20) and Shafali Verma (14 off 13) failed to give a solid foundation to the visitors as England leg-spinner Sarah Glenn rattled India's batting lineup. Even India's middle-order failed to make a mark in the game as unbeaten Deepti Sharma's 29 off 24 balls dragged the side to a respective total. 


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