After getting stuck on the head by a Shabnim Ismail bouncer during India’s World Cup warm-up match versus South Africa in Rangiora, Smriti Mandhana was forced to retire injured. According to an ICC report, Mandhana was evaluated by the team doctor after the incident and was first confirmed fit to play, only to retire injured after another consultation an over and a half later. She was noticeably frightened by the impact but did not show any signs of concussion, according to medical personnel, and she was advised to leave the area as a precaution.
India will play one more warm-up match, against the West Indies, before beginning their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on March 6. Thanks to Harmanpreet Kaur’s century, India amassed a score of 244 for 9 against South Africa. Harmanpreet joined Yastika Bhatia at the crease after Deepti Sharma was dismissed for 5 and skipper Mithali Raj was run-out for a duck. The pair put up an 84-run partnership.
Sune Luus dismissed Bhatia after he scored 78 runs off 78 balls. Harmanpreet kept going when the rest of the line-up fell to South Africa’s quicks, managing to push the total above 200 before succumbing to Ayabonga Khaka. With statistics of 3 for 23, Khaka was the top bowler for South Africa on the day. During the pursuit, South Africa put forth a valiant effort. Luus and Laura Wolvaardt bowled calm half-centuries, but the team fell short. Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad took 4 for 46 in 10 overs to help India to a two-run win.