World T20: Harmanpreet happy with semifinal berth but demands more from Team India

first_imgIndia have registered three convincing wins out of three matches in the ICC Women’s World T20 but captain Harmanpreet Kaur still wants her team to keep improving in every aspect.India crushed Ireland by 52 runs on Thursday to qualify for the World T20 semi-finals for the first time in eight years.After posting a decent total of 145 for 6, India’s spinners maintained tight leash on Irish women restricting them to 93 for 8 in 20 overs.ICC Women’s World T20: Clinical India thrash Ireland to reach semi-finalsCourtesy their third win, India now have six points and are assured of a last-four spot along with Australia (6 points from 3 games) with New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland already even before their campaign could officially end.”Happy to qualify into the semis. But a lot of areas to improve. It’a a short format, so sometimes when your main bowler doesn’t bowl according to plan, so you need other bowlers to bowl. That’s why Jemmy and I bowled today,” Harmanpreet said at the post-match presentation.India Women vs Ireland Women: Match HighlightsThe spinners Radha Yadav (3/25), Deepti Sharma (2/15), Poonam Yadav (1/14) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (1/10 in 4 overs) picked wickets at regular intervals although India’s batting performance left a lot to be desired.Ireland were never in the chase conceding as many as 65 dot balls (nearly 11 overs).Once Deepti got the wicket of Gaby Lewis (9) with an off-break and Poonam’s leg-break saw the end of Clare Shillington (23) stumped by Taniya Bhatia, Ireland had no chance whatsoever.A comfortable win for India set up by a Mithali Raj fifty ensured they will progress to the #WT20 semi-finals in Antigua.#INDvIRE report and highlights World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) November 16, 2018″To win the WT20, we need to be aggressive in the field. And today, we didn’t bat according to our plans. Same with the bowlers, so need to improve in those areas,” Harmanpreet added.Earlier, India rode on player-of-the-match Mithali Raj’s painstaking 17th half-century to post a below par total but that proved to be much for the Ireland women’s team.Promoted to open the batting, veteran Mithali (51 off 56 balls) added 67 runs in 10 overs with Smriti Mandhana (33, 29 balls) but the innings never gained required momentum on a track that remained a bit damp due to overnight showers.The rest of the batters found it hard to keep the scoreboard ticking and fell cheaply in the quest for quick runs. Barring Mithali and Mandhana, the other batters managed a combined total of just 50 runs with 11 runs coming from extras but that proved to be enough against a clueless Irish side.India will next face Australia in a dead-rubber game as both teams have qualified for the semis but Harmanpreet is not someone to drop the ball in such a scenario and wants her team to play aggressive cricket against the Southern Stars.”Against Australia, we need to be aggressive. If you want to win against them, you need to be aggressive,” Harmanpreet concluded.Also Watch: It’s one of weakest teams vs one of strongest, says Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more