Mandhana: ‘It’s a lot of fun to bat with Shaifu’


India opener hopes she and her partner can bat through to the 15th over to set the team up in the decider against England

Smriti Mandhana wants India’s openers – basically her and Shafali Verma – to bat long into the middle overs to ensure better results in T20 cricket.
Since Verma’s debut in September 2019, this combination has scored 790 runs in 22 innings, the most across all teams. Australia openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney’s 750 runs in 23 innings are second on the list. Overall, Mandhana and Verma have the seventh-highest tally for an opening pair and the third-highest among Indians.

With the third and final T20I on Wednesday set to decide the multi-format series, which England lead 8-6 on the points table, Mandhana hoped for a longer stand between her and her partner.

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