We’ll learn from the best: Raj
Canterbury, June 27: The touring India Women lost the first of the two T20I series against England Women by 33 runs. India, who had beaten Ireland prior to this series, have a long way to go with one T20 and five ODIs still to be played.
“We know where we stand and what we need to do. I think we will probably have a lot of thinking to do before the next game,” skipper Mithali Raj was quoted as saying.
“In one way it is very good that we are playing the best side in the world because we will learn a lot watching them play,” she added.
Raj’s opposite number, England captain Charlotte Edwards hailed Sarah Taylor’s match-winning innings. “She’s exceptional. I love watching her bat and that’s why I believe she’s the best batter in the world.
“With an innings like that […] she can take the game away from the opposition.
“We didn’t get off to the best of starts but it was fantastic how we accelerated at the right time. I thought Laura batted well with Sarah.
“Our running was also exceptional. We’re a fit bunch and I think that showed,” the skipper said about the hear team’s effort.
The England wicketkeeper, who herself scored 69, heaped praise on her team while speaking to the media. “We pride ourselves on our fielding; Lydia was brilliant taking three catches which were all superb,” Taylor said.
“Credit to our bowlers as well, they put India under pressure. We're looking forward to taking momentum into the game at Chelmsford on Thursday,” she added.
“I’ve been working with [England Women’s coach] Mark [Lane] to hit straight and over extra [cover], which you saw today,” she said while speaking to Sky Sports.
“There was quite a nice slope and the wind was going in that direction so it worked for me.
“It was great to contribute; I really enjoyed batting out there today.
“It was brilliant to bat with Laura and I think the whole team did brilliantly today so it’s a nice start to the series.”
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