Bates: Need to attack Indian spinners

The Indian women won their first bilateral away series against the White Ferns by a 2-1 margin.

Suzie Bates made a match-winning 57 as New Zealand beat India in the third ODI.   -  GETTY IMAGES

New Zealand’s senior batswoman Suzie Bates on Monday said figuring out a way to tackle spin twins Poonam Yadav and Ekta Bisht was her biggest takeaway from an otherwise disappointing One-Day International series defeat to India.

The Indian women won their first bilateral away series against the White Ferns by a 2-1 margin. Bates finally had some form going her way in the final game where she brought up her 25th half-century in an eight-wicket victory.

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“We really wanted to try and back our bowlers up with our chase,” Bates said after the match.

“The win gives massive confidence to the group. After the first two games, it would have been disappointing not to have come out and played well,” Bates was quoted as saying by the White Ferns’ official Twitter handle.

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In the third game, Bates was seen time and again lofting leg-spinner Poonam’s flighted deliveries, clearing her front leg. She hit eight fours and a six in her 57 off 64 balls.

“The way we played the spinners (was the biggest positive),” Bates said. “We have got to be aggressive when they toss the ball up and that has been my biggest lesson. We have to attack when we are having a partnership as both batters settled makes scoring a bit easier.”