Harmanpreet Kaur-led Team India suffered a nine-run defeat in the Commonwealth Games gold medal match against Australia on Sunday. As a result, the party had to settle for silver. India went strong at one point, but the batting collapse in the backend of the match paved the way for Australia’s victory. Speaking to DailyExpertNews after the final, Harmanpreet Kaur admitted that the side made the same mistakes it had in the past in major tournaments.
“Yes, it’s definitely a big moment for all of us. The first time we entered and the way we played this tournament was great to see. We were close to the gold medal, but again we made the same mistakes that we I’m sure we’ll do well in the tournaments to come. You know, we need to keep working hard on lower order batting. I’m sure we’ll do well in the tournaments to come. I think this silver medal matters a lot, this will certainly motivate young girls back home,” said Harmanpreet.
Before the CWG gold medal match, Australian Tahlia McGrath tested positive for COVID-19 but was allowed to play the final.
“Well, they informed us before the toss, it was something out of our control. We went with the sports spirit, she wasn’t that sick, we did what we had to do, it was not in our control,” said the Indian skipper.
When asked about IPL for women, Harmanpreet said, “We are waiting a long time, these things are being discussed. If we get the platform, it will be a lot of fun.”
Australian captain Meg Lanning chose to bat first and posted 161/8 thanks to Mooney’s 61-point shot. For India, Renuka Singh and Sneh Rana returned with two wickets each.
In the pursuit of 162, India was in the driver’s seat with Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues strong. However, the team fell from 118/2 to 152, and eventually Australia took the win.
For India skipper Harmanpreet scored top scorer with a stroke of 65.
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