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India women’s team captain Harmanpreet Kaur said the squad “played vigorously” in wet conditions in the first T20 International against England here, resulting in a nine-wicket defeat for the tourists. India defeated England in the Commonwealth Games semi-finals just a month ago, but the T20 series didn’t start well for them on Saturday night.
“We weren’t able to get the runs we expected. I just feel like we played strong because the conditions weren’t 100 per cent suitable for playing,” Harmanpreet said after the game.
However, the Indian skipper supported her teammates and added that despite the wet conditions that could have resulted in injuries at any moment, everyone on the team continued to give their best.
“Still, I’m happy with the way girls are doing their best because if there are chances of getting injured, they’re ready to play.
“That’s what you need to have teammates on the team who can score in any circumstances and I’m happy with the way we’re putting in our efforts,” she continued.
India also eventually lost a key member of the squad when Radha Yadav’s diving effort in the second over of England’s chase resulted in a shoulder injury and the latter left the field in pain.
The 23-year-old’s sudden departure from the field meant India was short of a bowler who could have turned things around for the visitors.
“I know it wasn’t 100% conditions to play cricket and yet we tried our best.
“I know the ground was too wet and there were so many chances of getting injured and one of our players got injured too. She was our main bowler and that’s why we were missing,” Harmanpreet noted.
“We came up one bowler short and the way we tried to put in effort (meaning a lot),” she said. “I’m really happy that girls came forward to give 100%,” she added.
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