Smriti Mandana is world class and will give India a good start against Australia



Indian women’s batting coach Shiv Sunder Das on Thursday promised a different approach to the Australian bowlers and will play better in the second ODI against the hosts here.

The match is scheduled for Friday.

India handed over 9 wickets to Australia in the first ODI of the three-match series on Tuesday.

“We are looking at the top row to give us a good start and the middle order — they have worked hard in the last few sessions and we have some plans. I think they will play differently in tomorrow’s match,” Das said before the second ODI.

“We have Shafali (Verma) and Smriti … they will give a good start and if we take 60-70 runs in 10 overs we can carry that pace in the middle overs,” he added.

India, who are aiming for more than 250 runs, scored 225 for 8 at the end of 50 overs in the first ODI, but the Mitali Raj-led team has a plan to tick off the second game scoreboard.

“We’re working on that aspect of the game, we’re looking for a good start, we’ve seen an average of five runs in the middle overs, and eventually we’ve six runs per over. That’s our batting plan.”

After losing Mandana and Shafali Verma openers in the first six overs, India were left reeling.

“In the first 10 overs we solved the problems, but, in the middle overs, we were still running between the working wickets.

“It’s in operation. We have some young bats. We have to give them some time. Once they get used to the conditions, they will definitely shoot.”

With the left-hander scoring just 16 in the first ODI, Mandana’s struggle continued with the bat. The starter has scored 50 runs in one of the last nine matches, but Das is confident that he will give India the much-needed solid start.

“I chatted with her (Mandana), we worked with her in the last two sessions, we solved the problems, we support her world class player, her ability to score runs for us, of course, we will see the difference in tomorrow’s game.

Mithali, who scored 107 off 63 balls, was again asked if the team’s best score and other players were taking advantage of the captain’s consistency, the coach said.

“There are a lot of youngsters in the team. Yastika (Patia) got a chance and she batted well. It is a big challenge for them. I hope all these wickets are good batting wickets and they will perform better tomorrow.


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