ENG vs IND: After team India’s huge defeat against England, in the very first T20I game, Indian Captain, Harmanpreet Kaur’s statement over the unfavourable conditions of Chester-Le-Street has taken the internet by storm. While some have taken it to be an excuse, some found it unfair on India’s side. According to the captain, the team was forced to play in damp conditions, which affected the bowling, batting and fielding, impelling them to underperform against England.
India’s batting order was deeply affected and they were compelled to wrap the first inning at 132 runs. In the second innings, they ended up dropping a few catches as they slipped through the field.
“I think in the end we were not able to get that many runs we were expecting,” Harmanpreet Kaur said. “I just feel today we forcefully played because it was not 100% conditions for cricket to play. Still, I am happy the way girls put the effort because when there are chances to get injured but they are ready to play. That’s what you need to have team-mates in the team [for] who can score in whatever conditions and I am happy the way we put our efforts.”
That's that from the first T20I.
England chase down the target in 13 overs. Win by 9 wickets and go 1-0 up in the series.
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) September 10, 2022
ENG vs IND: England had the dominance over India in all three departments
However, the match witnessed England’s dominance over India on all three sides. With the ball in hand, Sarah Glenn secured 4 major wickets destroying India’s batting lineup. Smriti Mandhana was able to play a few shots, especially against Lauren Bell’s pace. But the pace in these conditions meant that the ball stayed low as well.
Meanwhile, Radha Yadav had to undergo discomfort as she jammed her shoulder, trying to dive in while avoiding a boundary. She was forced to leave the ground due to the pain caused. This left the team short of one bowler and whose gap was filled up by Harmanpreet herself.
“I know it was not 100% conditions to play cricket and still we were putting efforts,” Harmanpreet said. “I know the ground was too wet and there were so many chances to get injured and one of our players got injured also. She was our main bowler and that’s why we were lacking.”
She further added, “We were one bowler short and the way we were trying to put efforts [meant a lot]. I am really happy girls were coming forward to give 100%.”