Indian star Smriti Mandhana hit head in World Cup warm-up

Christchurch: Star opener Smriti Mandhana suffered an injury for the Women’s ODI World Cup after being hit in the head during India’s first warm-up match against South Africa on Sunday.

The lefthanded batter was injured after taking a nasty blow to her helmet in the early stages of the game in Rangiora.

According to a report on the ICC website, it was a bouncer from South African fast bowler Shabnim Ismail who punched her, leaving Mandhana visibly shaken.

Mandhana, 25, was assessed by the team doctor after the incident and was initially deemed fit to continue, only to stop in pain for more than a minute and a half after another consultation.

According to the medical staff, she initially felt no symptoms of a concussion, but left the ground as a precaution. She didn’t take the field at the start of South Africa’s innings.

Mandhana, who has played just the last two ODIs against New Zealand after being quarantined, is a vital cog in India’s ODI side and is expected to play a key role in the World Cup which kicks off Friday.

Ranked 8th in the ICC women’s ODI ranking, the Mumbaikar has scored 2,461 runs in 64 ODIs at an average of 41.71. She had hit 71 from 84 balls in the last ODI to deny the White Ferns a whitewash in the run of five games.

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