India's batting might have come a cropper in the final women's T20I against Sri Lanka but chief coach Ramesh Powar said it is on the "right track" ahead of next month's Commonwealth Games, where cricket will make its debut.
The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side stuttered in the middle overs to manage just 138 for five to lose the final T20I against Sri Lanka by seven wickets. But overall, India claimed a 2-1 win in the three-match series, which is seen as the build-up to the Birmingham multi-sport event.
"We touched upon all the bases. Honestly, the wickets were slow, so we were not expecting too many high-scoring games, but the way Harman, Shafali, Jemimah and Smriti batted, we are on the right track as far as batting is concerned," Powar said at the press conference.
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India thrashed the home team by 34 runs in the opening T20I and then followed it up with a dominating five-wicket win in the second game to take an unassailable 2-0 lead.
But Sri Lankan skipper Chamari Athapaththu denied India a clean sweep as she blasted her way to an unbeaten 48-ball 80 to help Sri Lanka chase down India's 139-run target with three overs to spare in the final game.
"Today Chamari put us under the pump and we should learn from this game and move forward and plan accordingly," Powar said.
The senior pace duo of Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey was dropped for the tour of Sri Lanka, while spinners Poonam Yadav and Rajeshwari Gayakwad were rested.
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"The idea behind the bowling unit for this series was to give chances, opening up options. Our frontline bowlers Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad were rested for that purpose. We wanted to see how our bowlers handle pressure," Powar said.
"We need to give them a little bit of freedom, Simran (Bahadur) is coming back after a break. All in all, I'm happy that there are options." Asked about the biggest takeaway ahead of CWG, Powar said: "Winning habit is important. First thing is about winning the series and we hope to carry it forward.
"The biggest takeaway is the gelling in the team, fitness has also gone up. I could see the growth in players and I hope we can carry it forward. We are progressing in the right direction."