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‘Proud Of..,’ Harmanpreet Kaur Makes a Shocking Statement Despite Losing Australia Series

image-lqsy1y5bHarmanpreet Kaur (AP Photos)

Despite losing the second ODI of the three-match ODI series, India women’s team captain Harmanpreet Kaur felt proud of the way her team played in Mumbai against Australia on Saturday, November 30.

Australia Women secured a thrilling victory at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, sealing the three-match series with a game to spare.

Although India had a commanding position to chase down the target and win the game, some brilliant death bowling from Annabel Sutherland saw them fall short by three runs. Following the series loss, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur praised the bowlers for restricting Australia to below 300.

"We bowled really well today. We planned to keep thinking about taking wickets and restrict them to a decent total. There are a lot of positives, but they took the game away from us. I am proud of the way we played. They have a very long batting lineup, and we knew if we could stop the Aussie team for less than 300, it's a positive sign, and we knew we could chase it,"  said Harmanpreet Kaur in the post-match presentation.

She also emphasized that a bit more awareness could have made a significant difference in the outcome of the game. Nonetheless, she commended the efforts of Richa Ghosh and Jemimah Rodrigues.

India's fielding, especially catching, was poor, resulting in dropped catches and extra runs before their disappointing finish with the bat during the chase. The fielders dropped as many as seven catches.

“Dropping catches is a part of the game. We are playing under a lot of heat and so much cricket back to back. We just keep telling our bowlers that you are doing a great job, and we will support you,"  concluded Harman.

Australia beat India to seal the series

The match began with a scintillating innings from Phoebe Litchfield, who anchored the innings alongside Ellyse Perry, crafting a well-made 50 runs from just 47 balls. Deepti Sharma was sensational with the ball, claiming a well-deserved 5-wicket haul against a quality batting lineup.

Chasing 259 runs, India managed 255 for 8 in the stipulated 50 overs, falling by a very narrow margin. Ghosh missed her century, falling to Annabel Sutherland after scoring a superb 96 runs. Sutherland went on to take three wickets for the visitors. The Indian women’s team had other notable contributors in the form of Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana, who played good knocks but couldn't convert their scores into big ones.

With this result, Australia women have clinched the series 2-0, with the last match scheduled at the same venue on January 2. The visitors had previously beaten India in the first match by six wickets.