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'Didn't Play Good...': Harmanpreet Kaur Hands 1st Defeat Vs SA On Batters Lack Of Intent

India's Harmanpreet Kaur (X.com)India's Harmanpreet Kaur (X.com)

Indian skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur believes that it was due to dropped catches and batters' lack of intent in the middle overs that cost India dear and resulted in South Africa securing their first win of the multi-format tour with a 12-run victory in the first women's T20I on Friday.

Put in to bat, South Africa rode on Tazmin Brits' career-best 81 to post 189 for 4, their highest T20I total against India, who managed 177 for 4 in their stipulated 20 overs. 

Kapp got a reprieve in the 10th over, while skipper Laura Wolvaardt (33) and Marizanne Kapp (57) also made full use of their dropped chances to lift their total.

"We didn't play good cricket overall and dropped too many chances which cost us 20 runs extras," Harmanpreet said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

"While batting, we played too many dots in the middle overs. They bowled well, didn't give us easy.The way we started, we thought we should keep going, but couldn't because of dot balls. While bowling, we need to be aware how the batters are batting and should set fields and bowl accordingly," she added.

South Africa had earlier suffered a 0-3 whitewash in the ODI series followed by a 10-wicket loss in the one-off Test in the tour spanning close to a month now.