‘We are improving as a team on the pitch, the way Radha Yadav lined up, she got injured in the last game’: Harmanpreet Kaur

India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur feels absolute confidence and a calculated approach helped the visitors level the three-game streak with a comprehensive eight-wicket win over England in the second T20 International here.

After a rather demoralizing first game loss in wet and damp conditions, India bounced back in style to secure a morale-boosting victory and lead the series to the decider which will be played in Bristol on Thursday.

“I’m really happy, we played well. Everyone was looking forward to winning today, that’s something I’m happy about. We have plans for all the hitters, but it was important that we the executions, the defensemen supported the bowlers well,” Harmanpreet said after Tuesday night’s game.

“We are improving as a team on the pitch, the way Radha lined up, she got injured in the last game, I’m happy with her effort today. Every time we beat together (herself and Smriti), we have the confidence, we can calculate the approach well, the right-left combination is always positive for us,” she added.

Fly-half Smriti Mandhana, whose sparkling half-century of unbeaten play (79 from 53 balls) helped India secure a crucial victory for the visitors, said the aim was to come back stronger and equalize the series.

“We wanted to come back stronger and even the series. I pushed myself and was happy to be able to contribute to the victory. Good weather to beat (in England), ahead of the CWG games, I think I found the starting touch,” Smriti said.

“Player of the Match – In T20 cricket you would be looking to try and get off to a good start in the team. Happy to contribute to the team,” she added.

Smriti praised her opening partner Shefali Verma, with whom she stitched 55 runs for the opening wicket, which helped India find momentum early on in their pursuit.

“It depends on the day and the bowlers. Two years ago, she (Shafali Verma) might just be trying to dominate, but now she knows who to target and respects good bowling. The good thing is we can both take advantage of the power play at bat, whoever is in good contact takes the lead,” she said.

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