PALLEKELE: Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was relieved that Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma lastly got here good with a record-breaking opening partnership to arrange India’s series-clinching 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka within the second ODI right here on Monday.
After an prolonged run of mediocre scores through the tour thus far, Mandhana (94) and Verma (71) shared an enormous 174-run stand, the best goal efficiently chased with out dropping a wicket in ladies’s ODIs.
“We have been talking about long partnerships and thankfully we got it today. I am happy with the way we batted, it was outstanding to watch,” Harmanpreet mentioned through the post-match presentation.
The Indian skipper additionally lauded the performances of the bowlers together with the likes of Renuka Singh, Meghna Singh, and Deepti Sharma, who with their tight bowling, ensured the hosts are bundled out for a paltry 173.
“I am very happy that the bowlers are giving breakthroughs whenever need,” she added.
Renuka, 26, registered a career-best 4 for 28 on a pitch that favoured the Indian bowlers from the phrase go. She rattled the Sri Lankan top-order with three fast dismissals.
“I’ve been working on my strength, practicing my hard lengths and variations. We read the wicket well, that’s why we bowled first. The weather was to our advantage as well,” mentioned Renuka, who was adjudged the Player of the Match.
“Our management asked us to keep things very simple and stick to our strengths.”
While the Indian bowlers hunted in pairs, medium pacer Meghna Singh, who additionally picked up two essential wickets, together with that of Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Athapaththu, mentioned the thought was to construct a robust “bowling partnership.”
“The idea definitely was to build a strong bowling partnership and with someone like Renuka, who is extremely a smart player and puts her talent and skills to best use, everything fell in place today,” Meghna mentioned.
The younger Indian aspect, underneath the management of Harmanpreet, can also be with out veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami.
“The current team members share their own experiences and that’s why, despite the absence of someone like Jhulan Goswami, who has done so much for the team, we are able to perform brilliantly in the bowling department,” Meghna mentioned.