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We need someone to bat through 20 overs: Mandhana

Hamilton: Whitewashed by New Zealand women in the three-match T20 series, India opener Smriti Mandhana on Sunday said her team needs to address its batting woes, especially after losing all the games from winning positions.
Chasing 162, Mandhana took the Indian team on course for a consolation win with a career-best knock of 86 from 52 balls but the visiting side failed to build on her scintillating knock to end the innings at 159 for 4.
“Well I think the girls fought really well. If you look back at the series and see, 70 or 80 per cent of the times we were in winning positions. That’s a good take away but there are a lot of things which we can improve,” said Mandhana.
“We need to address those issues as soon as possible. We need someone who can bat through 20 overs and someone who can go in at the middle overs and get runs later on,” she said.
“I really wanted to finish the game for India. I have never been that animated ever, but unfortunately, I couldn’t,” she added. (PTI)

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