‘We can’t be complacent, need to focus against Bangladesh’: Veda Krishnamurthy
By: PTI | Perth |

Updated: February 23, 2020 5:49:27 pm

Poonam Yadav’s 4/19 helped India bundle Australia for 115. (Source: ICC)

India’s middle-order batter Veda Krishnamurthy has warned her colleagues against complacency after their splendid win against Australia, saying they have to keep focussed forward of their conflict against Bangladesh within the T20 World Cup, right here on Monday.

India’s spectacular bowling show lit up the tournament-opener with leg-spinner Poonam Yadav enjoying a key position with 4 wickets to halt the defending champions’ run chase.

Krishnamurthy doesn’t need to see India let their feelings get the higher of them, insisting the highest and center order need to survive longer.

“We can’t be complacent with the victory (against Australia). We have to let go of those emotions now and focus on repeating all the good things we did,” Krishnamurthy stated on the eve of the match.

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India will need to enhance their batting efficiency as they scored a under par 132 against Australia. Since the tri-series previous this World Cup, the Indian batting has been inconsistent, struggling to submit large totals.

“We want to make sure we have enough of a score for our bowlers to defend. At the same time, we can’t be too ambitious with our strokes or risk being run short but we need to make sure we get enough runs on board,” stated the 27-year-old.

“As you all saw, our bowling attack is doing really well. It’s all about giving them that extra cushioning. If we had finished 15 runs shorter on Friday (against Australia), it would have been a lot more difficult for us.”

It may be a difficult match for India on Monday as Bangladesh had overwhelmed them twice within the 2018 T20 Asia Cup — within the group stage and within the remaining.

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For Bangladesh, they are going to be aiming for an upset. Captain Salma Khatun urged her facet not to dwell on India’s gorgeous opening victory and as an alternative focus on getting their very own efficiency proper on the WACA.

“We are not worried about the result between India and Australia. We are just focused on our own. We have been watching the opening matches of the tournament with keen interest and we are really excited to get going in this one,” stated Khatun.

“All our girls put their 100 per cent into the warm-up match against Pakistan and we hope to have a positive start at this World Cup.”

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