The Indian team, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, started the tournament with a bang by defeating Pakistan by 7 wickets in their first match of the Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 on Sunday night. Batting first in this match, Pakistan had set a target of 150 runs in front of Team India, this score was achieved by India with one over on the basis of the excellent partnership of Jemima Rodrigues and Richa Ghosh. The team may have won this match, but during the match, they made three big mistakes on which they need to work on as soon as possible. If these mistakes are not rectified then India may have to bear the brunt of this by being out of the tournament.
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India’s biggest mistake in this match was loose fielding. From the very beginning, Pakistani batsmen scored a lot of runs between the wickets by penetrating the gap, during this it was seen many times that they also converted one into two runs. There was some slow fielding from the Indian fielders here.
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The second mistake made by the women’s team was that they dropped many catches in the last over of the innings, some of these were difficult catches, but on a big stage like the T20 World Cup, you have to convert many chances. The result of dropping the catch in the last over was seen in the difference of runs of Pakistan. If Team India would have taken that catch then maybe Pakistan’s score would have been less by 10-12 runs.
India’s third and biggest mistake of the match was slow over rate. Harmanpreet Kaur used spin bowlers right from the powerplay, but despite that, India could not complete their quota of 20 overs as per the stipulated time. India were two overs behind, due to which in the 19th and 20th overs, only three players were able to play outside the thirty yard circle instead of four. Let me tell you, according to the rules of the ICC, due to the slow over rate, teams are no longer fined, but an additional fielder has to be kept in the 30 yard circle.
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India’s next match is against West Indies on 15 February.