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Decision to field was surprising: Raj

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Indian women’s team skipper Mithali Raj has said that she was surprised with the West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira’s decision to field first winning the toss in the ICC Women World Cup’s opening match.

“If I had won the toss, I would have batted first, because on this flat track, it would be easy to post a huge total rather than chasing 285 runs,” Raj said after her team’s resounding win on Thursday. “You always have the pressure while chasing. They won the toss and decided to field, which is surprising to me,” she added.

Aguilleira defends decision

Her counterpart, Aguilleira, however said it was the team’s decision. “… It was a good batting wicket but the team decided that we are going to field first… ” Aguilleira said. Though India defeated the West Indies by a huge margin of 105 runs riding on opener Thirush Kamini Murugesan’s maiden century, Raj said she was nervous when the 21-year-old player from Barbados, Deandra Dottin, was at the crease.

“I was thinking from where she got so much of strength to clear the boundary and then (do it) repeatedly. I wouldn’t say the bowlers were bowling bad but I give her credit for playing such wonderful strokes… We were all a little nervous...”

Raj said she wanted the batters to slog in those last overs after the openers had provided them a good platform.

Praises Raut, Kamini

She praised the openers Punam Raut and Thirushkamini for sharing a 175-run stand and said, “...the partnership was very important. I am hoping that they continue this against the good sides as well, because whether you bat or field first, it is very important to get a good opening stand…”PTI


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