Indian’s explosive top order wants to bat longer to support their wobbly middle order within the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia, opener Smriti Mandhana stated on Saturday.
Mandhana, teenaged duo of Shafali Verma and Jemima Rodrigues and captain Harmanpreet Kaur headline what Australia coach Matthew Mott described as probably the most feared batting line-up within the event.
Their middle order, nevertheless, regarded weak in Wednesday’s tri-sequence ultimate towards Australia in Melbourne.
Chasing 156 for victory, India regarded very a lot on the course earlier than their spectacular collapse after they misplaced seven wickets for less than 29 runs because the hosts triumphed by 11 runs.
“The middle order could definitely improve,” Mandhana stated.
“There are some issues we nonetheless have to work out with our batting and we try arduous to do this.
“The finest approach to support the middle order is for the top order to bat 20 overs. I feel we’d like to attempt to bat lengthy as top four.
“We must strive not to get out within the 16th or 17th over and the issue can be sorted if we will keep till the 20th over.”
India will tackle defending champions Australia within the Feb. 21 event opener in Sydney and Mandhana expects the top order to hearth them deep into the event.
“We have some great batters and our order is very balanced. The top four or five are quite settled,” stated the 23-year-outdated southpaw.
“We’ve had the same top five for the last year and that’s been a good thing for us.”