Important for top order to provide solid platform – Mithali Raj

Important for top order to provide solid platform - Mithali Raj

Mithali Raj, the India Women’s captain, noted that the lack of partnerships at the top of the order was an area of concern after they slipped to a 115-run loss against South Africa in Leicester in the Women’s World Cup 2017 on Saturday (July 8).

“Yes, it’s been happening since the West Indies game that the openers have not given us the start that we expect,” Raj said. “The way they (the openers) opened the World Cup campaign for us against England, we were expecting maybe one or two off games but it can’t be four in a row. So that is a worrying factor because whether you bat first or chase, it’s important your top order gives you those runs on the board. I feel that when you are chasing 270 there’s always going to be pressure but you need the opening pair to give us a start so that the batters can take from thereon. Unfortunately, today we didn’t get that.”

“First of all, this goes to Lizelle Lee,” van Niekerk said. “I think she deserves it a lot more than I do. We said if we get more such trophies in the changing room, we have more better days than bad days. I think Lizelle Lee setup the game brilliantly well and I think she deserved a big hundred today. She’s been brilliant, she strikes the ball as clean as anyone in the world and she showed it today. She stuck to her guns and she found her groove and her rhythm and that’s the way she wants to bat and we back that all the way, it came off today. The shots she played was ridiculous and hopefully that form can continue for us.”

“I will probably be a bit harsh on my bowlers but I thought we had to get them out a bit earlier, especially having them seven down for 65,” she noted. “At the end of the day you don’t want it to go that long but the wicket died down so you can only do so much on a wicket like that.

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