Anurag Dasgupta ∙ Mar 7 2023, 5:56 AM

WPL 2023: Smriti Mandhana 'Blames' Batters for Poor Outing Against Mumbai Indians

image-lexu0hgvMandhana in action [WPLT20.COM]

Royal Challengers Bangalore Women (RCB) lost their second game of the Women' Premier League (WPL) at the hands of Mumbai Indians (MI) on Monday.

A better performance was expected from the Smriti Mandhana led side in the second game against Mumbai Indians, but the batting unit disappointed once again and the team was bundled out for a paltry 155.

This was a cakewalk for Harmanpreet Kaur's team, as they chased down the target with 9 wickets in hand, courtesy of a sublime innings from Hayley Matthews, who remained unbeaten on 77.

Speaking to the official broadcaster, Mandhana rued missed chances, but vows to comeback strong.

"I think we would have loved to put more runs on the board on this batting wicket. We were below par tonight. We will comeback stronger. Yeah definitely, I think a few batters got into the 20s including me but couldn't bat on for longer periods. We need to bat long once we were set which we will do in the upcoming games. 

If any one of those batters was there till the 18th over, we would have ended on a decent score. No, we had enough bowlers. 6-7 options are enough for us. We didn't have enough on the board and we were poor on the field as well," Mandhana said.

It is a very short tournament. Once you start winning, you can be on a roll. That is what we hope. Kanika and Shreyanka were brilliant with the bat. Those were the positives for us. We are happy with their batting as they stopped the collapse. We will be back stronger as a team."

RCB lost their opening match at the hands of Delhi Capitals on Sunday, and had no time to re-group as they faced a high-flying Mumbai on Monday.

RCB need to plan out things as the game are coming thick and fast. They next face Gujarat Giants on Wednesday.