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ICC women’s World Cup 2022: Smriti Mandhana bounces back from head injury, scores fifty in India women warm-up win over West Indies | Cricket News

The Indian team will enter the 2022 ICC World Cup Women with their tail up after Smriti Mandhana’s 67-ball 66 start and the disciplined display of the players gave them an 81-run victory over the West Indies in their final warm-up match on Tuesday (March). 1). Under scrutiny after hitting his head during the team’s first match against South Africa on Sunday, the proud Mandhana was in his division within two days of the injury, setting the stage for a total challenge. India of 258 all out in a divided division. 50 ju.

In response, the West Indies stood at 177 for nine at Rangiora Oval. India, who will face Pakistan rivals at the start of their campaign on Sunday, beat South Africa by two points in their first warm-up match.

Choosing to bat, 2017 edition finalists India off to a poor start as Shafali Verma was bowled by Chinelle Henry for a duck. Deepti Sharma joins Mandhana in midfield and both go about repairing the innings with a broken partnership after two experienced pitchers added 117 runs per second wicket while maintaining a nearly six-point lead.

The in-from Mandhana collected his 66 runs in 67 balls, beating seven fours in the process before being dismissed by Cherry-Ann Fraser killing his own bowling. Mandhana’s positive reaction came two days after he was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury to his left ear which caused discomfort while fighting against South Africans, forcing him to do so. to leave the retirement site.

Deepti made 51 off 64 balls, the most accumulation of his runs in singles and two. He crossed a border while standing in the middle. When Deepti was sent back by Fraser, India was 142 for three on 27th.

Skipper Mithali Raj contributed 30 kills 42 balls with the help of four crosses, while Yastika Bhatia netted with 42 useful in 53 deliveries. Bhatia found the wall five times. The West Indies’ innings went into a catastrophic start as they lost four wickets with just 53 games on the bench, with captain Stefanie Taylor for just 8 runs.

Wicketkeeper Shemaine Campbelle scored the Windies’ top with 63 goals off 81, while Hayley Matthews made 44 in 61 deliveries.

Pooja Vastrakar was India’s most successful player, returning 3/21 points in seven innings, while two wickets were available for Meghna Singh and Deepti, who finished the game with an all-round fine kick.

Veteran Jhulan Goswami (0/14 in 8 overs), in particular, was half-heartedly well, although he could not be spotted in the wicket column.

Short scores:

Indian women 258 in 50 overs (Smriti Mandhana 66, Deepti Sharma 51) bt West Indies Women 177/9 at 50 on (Shemaine Campbelle 63, Hayley Matthews 44; Pooja Vastrakar 3/21)

(with PTI inputs)

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