Taniya Bhatia: We read and handle situations better now

India having made it to the semis, Bhatia is optimistic that their batters will definitely come good in the remaining matches of the tournament.

Rachel Priest plays a shot as wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia looks on during India's match against New Zealand in Women's T20 World Cup.   -  AFP Photo

Wicket-keeper batswoman Taniya Bhatia says the Indian team has got better at reading and handling different situations, which was evident during the recent tri-series in Australia.

In the T20 tri-series, played just before the World Cup, India had beaten both England and Australia while chasing huge totals before losing the final to the host by 11 runs in Melbourne.

Continuing the good run, India on Thursday became the first team to seal a semifinal spot at the T20 World Cup following a narrow four-run win over New Zealand here.

“In the last 12 to 14 months, we have improved a lot as a unit. We’re in a really positive position. We’ve been playing well ever since the tri-series. I think we’ve got a lot better as a team in working out how to handle and read situations well,” Bhatia said at the post-match press conference.

Women's T20 WC: India beats New Zealand to enter semifinals

“The results are in our favour, but we need to keep up the momentum. If we do that, we will do well and hopefully we can win the final,” Bhatia added.

Put in to bat, India posted a below-par 133 for eight in the group A match with Shafali Verma top-scoring with a 34-ball 46 and Bhatia chipping in with a 25-ball 23.

India, however, produced a disciplined performance with the ball to restrict New Zealand to 129 for six to register its third successive win in the tournament and seal a last-four spot.

With this win, India topped Group A, having beaten Australia and Bangladesh in its last two outing.

Bhatia is optimistic that their batters will definitely come good in the remaining matches of the tournament.

“We’re playing well, it’s just one or two odd games where our batters failed to perform. Shafali is giving us a good start and the rest of us batters will take up responsibility,” she said.

Bhatia said she is open to bat at any position for the team’s cause.

“I can bat well up the order and I know I’m capable of scoring runs there,” she said.

India will play Sri Lanka in its last Group A game on Saturday.

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