- In 22 T20Is, Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma have combined for 790 runs.
- In this series, none of them has had a stand of more than ten overs.
- Smriti believes they need to improve their wicket-taking in the middle overs.
- On Wednesday, India will face England in the last T20I in Hove.
Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma hope for a long stand in deciding the T20I match. Smriti says it is a lot of fun to be involved in partnerships with her teammate. India faces England in the third and final T20 at Hove on Wednesday.
Smriti Mandhana, India’s opener, was at her best in the third T20I against England on Wednesday, hitting a stunning 51-ball 70. Eight fours and two sixes were threaded throughout her rapid knock. The Indian eves, who chose to bat first, got off to a bad start when their opener, Shafali Verma, was dismissed for a two-ball duck.
Despite Mandhana’s brilliance, England’s Danielle Wyatt stole the show with an incredible 89* off 56 balls, which helped the hosts win by eight wickets. Mandhana would be disappointed if her knock did not contribute to the team’s victory. On her recent UK tour, she was in excellent shape, which bodes well for the Indian eves.
Smriti Mandhana, an Indian cricketer, has stated that working with Shafali Verma at the top is enjoyable. The combo has scored 790 runs in 22 innings at an average of 37.61 since Shafali’s debut in September 2019, the most by an opening combination in T20Is.
“Shaifu (Shafali) and I have been opening together in the T20I format for almost a year and a half. I also opened with her in the one-dayers and the Test on this trip. It’s a lot of joy to collaborate with her on projects, “Smriti stated in her pre-match news conference ahead of the decisive T20I on Wednesday.
In the decider, the T20I vice-captain is hoping for a long partnership with Shafali. The combination has put up 0 and 70-run partnerships that have only lasted ten overs in this series.
“We know exactly what to say to each other, which helps a lot, especially in the T20I format. As an opening combination, we need to improve on staying together until at least the 15th or 16th over. That will be beneficial to our team. That is something we will be working on.”
Smriti acknowledged losing wickets in a lot, which India would be seeking to improve on following their triumph at Hove on Sunday, which helped them tie the series at 1-1.
“We talked about how we can improve our middle and death overs. One thing that stands out is that we are losing two wickets at a time. Our pace is slowed significantly as a result of this. That’s something we’ll have to work on together as a group.”
The left-hander went on to say, “That happened in past forms, and it’s happening again in the T20I, when we’re playing back-to-back. This puts two fresh batters under a lot of pressure. As a batting team, we need to improve our communication skills. We’ve all realized our errors, and maybe we’ll be able to correct them in tomorrow’s game.”