It wasn’t a total washout, says coach Raman after series loss

India women's team coach W.V. Raman said that although the eves lost the T20I series, it can draw a lot of positives.

Smriti Mandhana scored a fighting fifty but her knock went in vain.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

India women's team coach W.V. Raman feels the Indian women’s team needs to play smart cricket under pressure in T20IS.

“It is a young side, it will learn along the way,” the coach said after the women in blue suffered a heart-breaking loss – by one run – in the final match of the series against England.

“Though the scoreline says 3-0, it wasn’t a total washout for us.”

Looking back at the twin series – India had won the ODI series 2-1 – he said "The bowlers did a fantastic job. Then the girls fielded really well,” he said.

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“It's just that the newcomers have to get a little bit of experience to know what to do under a little bit of pressure.”

He sounded upbeat about the future. “From here on, the only way is up. That's the way I'd look at it," he said.

Captain Smriti Mandhana said she could lead the side in a better frame of mind in the last two games.

“I was nervous at the start, but I threw it out of my system. Today our bowlers were brilliant,” she said.

Earlier, Kate Cross spoke about her final over, which won her the Player-of-the-match award.

“I think when you have a low total to defend, you probably have nothing to lose as a bowler, because you are expected to fail,” said the seamer.

“I had a chat with (captain) Heather about the field setting and creating some pressure and some dot balls. Thankfully those plans went my way.”

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