LUCKNOW : Harmanpreet Kaur is often identified as the one who played the spectacular knock of 171 against Australia. Her 100th ODI, against South Africa on Sunday, however, was not so memorable as India slipped from a position of strength to defeat. It will be unfair to blame the 32-year-old Harmanpreet for causing the U-turn in the match with that lofted drive when she was in full flow during a classy essay of 40. It was a collective failure, to consolidate on the foundation. The beautiful playing conditions in the afternoon made the Indian bowling look toothless. Having dominated South Africa in the past, the Indians know how to get back into the driver’s seat in the next four ODIs, all to be played at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium.
Vice-captain Harmanpreet said after the match that the players needed to be “pricey” with their wickets and have good partner