Vastavam web: The Indian cricket fraternity has lauded the women’s national team for starting its campaign in the ICC Women’s World Cup on a winning note in the United Kingdom.India launched their campaign yesterday with a comfortable 35-run win over hosts England, riding on superb batting display by the top-order, including skipper Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana.”Good awareness by Ekta Bisht to get another crucial run out. Mona Meshram’s run out wasn’t bad either. Keep it going India,” was how Tendulkar’s final tweet on the game read.
Before that he wrote, Superb batting performance by the @BCCIWomen’s team! Keep it up @SmritiMandhana, Poonam Raut and @RajMithali.Former India opener Virender Sehwag felt getting the better of the home team was at the start was a great beginning.Put into bat, Smriti Mandhana struck a sizzling 90 off 72 balls in a dominating batting display as India posted an imposing 281 for three after being asked to bat. Mandhana forged a 144-run opening wicket stand with Poonam Raut (86 off 134) before skipper Mithali Raj (71 not out) completed an unprecedented seventh consecutive half century in ODIs. Ex-India captain Bishan Bedi wrote on his twitter handle, “Indian girls begin World Cup campaign brightly beat Eng convincingly-Twas delight watching Indians come o age..was pleasantly surprised-gud job!”