Indian opener Smriti Mandhana has admitted that she is happy to have regained her touch and hopes her good form will continue in the final at the Commonwealth Games.
Indian women's cricket team opener Smriti Mandhana has said that she is happy to have found her touch during the Commonwealth Games 2022 and hopes it will continue in the final.
Mandhana played a crucial knock of 61 off 32 balls to help India reach a score of 164 runs in their allotted 20 overs in the first semifinal on Saturday. In response, England could only get 160 runs, sending the Indian team into the final.
Speaking after the match, as quoted by Cricinfo, the Indian opener commented on the emotions in the final over. Mandhana said that she was trying to remember the last-ball matches and hoped to get over the line.
"I was trying to remember the last-ball matches and hoped we would get over the line. We haven't done that well, so more than my fielding, I was hoping to get over the line this time," said Mandhana.
The 26-year-old also commented on India's bowling and praised Sneh Rana and said that her effort will be remembered for a long time.
"We have given a few overs but with matches like this, roles have to be changed. Deepti's overs in the middle were important. Rana was amazing bowling with only three fielders in the deep. That will be remembered for a long time," said Mandhana.
Mandhana opened up on her batting form and said that she has been batting well in the last few weeks and is happy to have regained her touch. The Indian opener said she wants to continue her form in the final where India will face either Australia or New Zealand.