Smriti Mandhana all praise for young Indian bowlers

Sri Lanka may be facing a fuel crisis, but that didnโ€™t stop Smriti Mandhanaโ€™s fans from driving to the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Saturday. โ€˜No petrol, but still came to see Smriti Mandhana,โ€™ said a banner from a spectator during the second Womenโ€™s T20I between Sri Lanka and India.

Smriti gave her fans something to cheer about, too. The left-handed stylist made 39 off 34 balls.

A little after India chased down the modest target of 126 with five wickets and as many balls to spare, she said it wasnโ€™t an easy wicket to bat on. โ€œThe wicket was keeping a bit low,โ€ she said. โ€œโ€ฆYou really had to work hard for your runs.โ€

Smriti, who also completed 2000 T20I runs during her innings, praised the young bowling attack. โ€œThey did a really good job today and in the last match also when they defended a total of (less than) 140,โ€ she said.

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