India’s star batter Smriti Mandhana missed out on India’s opening fixture at the Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 against arch-rivals Pakistan due to a finger injury. However, the southpaw made a comeback against West Indies as she was named in the playing XI on Wednesday (15 Feb). And Mandhana made her presence felt straightaway as she took a stunning catch to tee off Shemaine Campbelle.
As the West Indies batter tried to play a reverse sweep against Deepti Sharma, the ball lobbed off her top edge. The ball then flew towards the short third-man fielder. However, it was dying on Mandhana who was coming running in but the fielder did a great job to grab the ball inches close to the ground.
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Mandhana continued her brilliant run in the field as she affected a run-out as well. In the 15th over of the West Indies innings, Mandhana pulled off a direct hit to send back Chinelle Henry. On the back of this runout and three wickets from Deepti Sharma helped India restrict West Indies to 118/6.
The Women in Blue then comfortably chased down the total in 18.1 overs. Richa Ghosh starred for India with the bat in hand as the wicketkeeper batter scored a 32-ball 44*. Harmanpreet Kaur (33 off 42 balls) and Shafali Varma (28 off 23 balls) also chipped in. Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana could not make the most of the opportunity as she got dismissed for only 10 runs off 7 balls.