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Pleasing to see youngsters being fearless: Smriti Mandhana

Last updated on 21 Mar 2023 | 01:59 PM
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Pleasing to see youngsters being fearless: Smriti Mandhana

Meanwhile, Harmanpreet Kaur stated the importance of winning the game heading into the playoffs of the tournament

Amelia Kerr produced an all-round performance in the last league game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore to power the Mumbai Indians to a four-wicket win in an afternoon encounter at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. 

The Kiwi player scalped three wickets for 22 runs to restrict the Bangalore outfit to 125 runs in the first innings. With the bat, the right-handed batter scored an unbeaten 31 off 27 deliveries to guide the team over the line. 

In the post-match presentation, Harmanpreet Kaur shared insights on the plan of the team in this run chase and said, "Winning is always important to get the momentum going. When you lose, it can be negative feelings, but everyone was talking about how to win this."

"In the last two games, we were not able to do what we were trying to do. For us, winning the game was important. When we got a good start, we were trying to chase it down inside 15 overs."

"After losing my wicket, we played a little sensibly. Amelia is always keen to do well for the team, and she always wants to do well for the team," she further added. 

On the other hand, Smriti Mandhana expressed her thoughts on Bangalore's dismal season but stated she was impressed with the performance of Kanika Ahuja and Shreyanka Patil in the league. 

"We tried to fight and have a great team. We have a balanced team. Won't say we don't have a great team because we haven't done well. We had some amazing players," she said. 

"The first four-five games didn't go our way. My personal form wasn't great. Sometimes things don't go as you have planned and we will come back stronger next season."

"We have found some amazing youngsters in Shreyanka and Kanika, and they have been fearless, which was pleasing to see as a skipper," she concluded. 

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