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ICC Women’s World Cup 2022: “Really Poor Game From India” – Twitterati Criticize India’s Batting Intent Against New Zealand

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Team India suffered their first defeat of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 on Thursday. They lost to New Zealand by 62 runs, at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.

The Indian batters were bowled out for a paltry 198 runs in the second innings. Skipper Mithali Raj was the highest scorer with 31 runs off 56 balls. Lea Tahuhu and Amelia Kerr took three wickets each for New Zealand.

The Indian batter’s intent out in the middle was heavily criticized by the fans and pundits on social media. The openers, Yashika Bhatia and Smriti Mandhana played with a strike rate of just 47.46 and 28.57 respectively.

Deepti Sharma and Pooja Vastrakar too batted with a strike rate in 30s. Harmanpreet Kaur was only one of the few batters who showed some aggressive intent at the crease. She slammed 71 runs off 63 balls, with six boundaries and two sixes. However, the right-hander ran out of partners from the other end.

Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, the Indian skipper, Mithali Raj said, “It was a chasable score, provided the top order managed the run-rate properly. We needed one of the batters to bat deep.”

With the required rate being over 5, before the start of the play, India’s batters’ intent baffled many. India managed just 50 runs on the board in the first 20 overs. From there the team, could not manage recovery and conceded the match to New Zealand by 62 runs.

Earlier in the match, Pooja Vastrakar took four wickets for 34 runs in 10 overs. Amy Sattherwaite slammed 75 runs, off 84 balls, including nine boundaries along with Katey Martin’s 41 to take New Zealand to a match-winning total. Satterthwaite won the Player of the Match award.

Let’s take a look at how Twitterati reacted to India’s poor batting intent:

Former India cricketer and former coach of the Indian Women’s cricket team, WV Raman questioned India’s batting strategy in the first 10 overs. He wrote,

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