Harmanpreet Kaur: Harleen Deol’s catch a reflection of India’s improved fielding under Abhay Sharma

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“An effort like this can lift the team’s morale immensely because when you play a team sport, you require momentum as a unit”

Harmanpreet Kaur has described Harleen Deol‘s stunning catch to dismiss England’s Amy Jones in the first T20I on Friday as a “brilliant” effort that was reflective of the Indian team’s renewed focus on more agile performances under fielding coach Abhay Sharma.

In an over that involved three superlative pieces of fielding – two catches, by Kaur and Deol, and a stumping by Richa Ghosh – India sent back two set England batters – Nat Sciver and Jones – and the in-form Sophia Dunkley. After Kaur caught Sciver off the second ball of the 19th over to break the duo’s 42-ball 78 stand, Deol pulled off a breathtaking solo effort of her own, by the wide long-off boundary.

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