Watched a bit of the men’s ODI and decided to keep things simple: Smriti Mandhana

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first_imgIndia opener Smriti Mandhana took nearly a year to score a hundred and had to tell herself to not play rash shots during her match-winning knock against New Zealand in the first women’s ODI in Napier on Thursday.India rode on Mandhana’s 105 to chase down a below-par score of 193 against the hosts to win the match by 9 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at McLean Park.Mandhana, who last scored a hundred in February last year, brought up her fourth ODI century in the 33rd over but got out with India needing just 3 runs to win the match.Her 190-run partnership for the opening wicket with Jemimah Rodrigues set up the victory. Rodrigues ended up with 81 not out.”Really happy. I have a thing of getting out in the 70s and 80s, so I had to talk to myself, ‘don’t hit any rash shots, don’t hit any lofted shots, just play in singles and doubles’.”I’m really happy with that aspect. I was able to stick in and guide the team through. Again, if I’d scored three runs I would have been a lot happier,” Mandhana said after she was adjudged player of the match.Comprehensive win for #TeamIndia as they wrap the 1st ODI by 9 wickets. 1-0 #NZvIND Women (@BCCIWomen) January 24, 2019This was Mandhana’s first knock in New Zealand but the 22-year-old hardly looked in any trouble while batting in the middle. The 22-year-old later revealed that she watched the men’s match between India and New Zealand to see how the wicket behaved at McLean Park.advertisement”The wicket was really good to bat on, and initially we just played according to the merit of the ball. We just had to react to the ball, because they had good pacers.”The plan was to see how the new ball was doing. This was the first time we were batting in New Zealand, and we didn’t really know we watched a bit of the men’s match and also how the first innings went. So we decided to just keep it simple, play according to the merit of the ball,” Mandhana said.Just like the women’s team, Virat Kohli’s Indian side crushed New Zealand by 8 wickets in the first ODI at the same venue on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. It was the men’s team’s first win against New Zealand in New Zealand since 2009.last_img

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