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 Harmanpreet Kaur blames unsuitable playing conditions for humiliating loss

image-l7wvscriHarmanpreet Kaur (PC: Twitter)

India Women didn’t have an ideal start to their white-ball tour to England. The team suffered a nine-wicket loss in the first T20 International to lag behind in the three-match series by 0-1. 

Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has blamed the unsuitable playing conditions for her team’s defeat.

There was a significant delay in the commencement of the match due to persistent rainfall. Put to bat first, India were beaten by England's spinners. The team ended up with just 132 runs as Sarah Glenn picked four wickets. All-rounder Deepti Sharma was the top run-getter for the side with 29 runs to her name.

The skipper not happy with the playing conditions

The second innings saw England comfortably chasing the total within 13 overs. It was a day to forget for the visitors as they made a lot of blunders including misfielding, dropping easy catches, and taking wickets on no ball. Reflecting on her team’s lukewarm performance, Harmanpreet blamed the wet outfield.

"I think in the end we were not able to get that many runs we were expecting. Just feel today we forcefully played because it was not 100% conditions for cricket to play. Still I am happy with the way girls put the effort because when there are chances to get injured but they are ready to play.”

Harmanpreet reflects on Radha Yadav’s injury

Further, the 33-year-old also played the wet conditions for an injury to the spinner Radha Yadav. During the last ball of the second over, Radha injured herself while trying to save the boundary.

"I know the ground was too wet and there were so many chances to get injured and one of our players got injured as well. She was our main bowler, and that's why we were lacking. We were one bowler short and the way we were trying to put efforts. I am really happy girls were coming forward to give 100%."

India Women will be hoping for redemption when they will take on England in the second T20 International on Tuesday.

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