After starting the World Cup with four wins in a row, India slumped to their second consecutive loss on Wednesday. At Bristol, they were defeated by a dominant Australia, despite a fighting century from Punam Raut, and a 69-run knock from Mithali Raj. The skipper also became the highest ODI run-scorer during that knock, and the first woman to score more than 6,000 ODI runs.
The day before the game, Australian skipper Meg Lanning identified Smriti Mandhana as a prize wicket. Mandhana came into this game with three single digit scores behind her. So Lanning made sure to put her under some more pressure by opening the bowling with off-spinner Ash Gardener.
Lanning also had three catchers, two in Mandhana’s sights – there was a short point to block her favoured backfoot punches, a silly mid-off, and a slip. The plan worked as Gardener dismissed Mandhana in her second over.
Wickets at the end
“It felt like they were trying to build the base, and explode at the end,” said Lanning of Raj and Raut’s 157-run partnership that took 223 balls. But the explosion never arrived. India lost 5 for 17 during the latter part of their innings, which slowed down their run-rate. If they were hoping for a blitz from Harmanpreet Kaur, they were teased, and then were disappointed. After striking a four through the leg-side, and smashing a six that went into the stands, Harmanpreet was stumped off Megan Schutt, who also accounted for Sushma Verma.
Fielding is an area of concern :
Fielding has been a problem area for India throughout the tournament. In the first three games alone, they dropped eight catches. In their last game against South Africa, they allowed at least 10 runs on the field through misfields. Against Australia, there were some very basic mistakes.
While India did claim a wicket through a direct hit— once again from the arm of Deepti Sharma— they did also gift Australia some easy runs. On three occasions, Indian players were guilty of allowing the ball straight through their legs, twice giving away boundaries.
Coach Tushar Arothe said at the start of the tournament that India will do well if they can field well. With a virtual quarter-final coming up against New Zealand, India have two days to identify and rectify their mistakes.
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