ICC Women’s World T20, India Women vs Australia Women: India opener Smriti Mandhana and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur played brilliant knocks to propel the women in blue to a competitive total of 167/8 in 20 overs against Austalia in the last group stage encounter of Women’s World T2o in Guayana. However, apart from stunning strokeplay from India’s batswomen, there is something else that caught everyone’s attention during Indian innings. Also Read - Mohammad Hafeez Names His Favourite Top 5 Batsmen of All-Time, Includes Virat Kohli And Sachin Tendulkar in List
During the 19th over of the innings, Australian players – Alyssa Healy and Megan Schutt were involved in a nasty collision while attempting a catch of India’s Arundhati Reddy on the penultimate ball. It was a mishit from Arundhati and both Schutt as well as Healy went for the catch, ended up crashing into each other and the bowler who was going for the take lost her balance and spilled it. Post the collision, it was Australian wicketkeeper Healy who looked in serious trouble! Also Read - Umar Akmal Needs to Change His Attitude, Show More Commitment to Play For Pakistan, Says Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq
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The physio also came out there to attend Healy. She copped a hard blow near the shoulder. Later, Healy walked off the field after suffering some concussion on the head. Beth Mooney handled the gloves for the remaining nine deliveries.
Earlier, India opener Mandhana smashed a career-best 83 to power India to a competitive total. Mandhana blasted 9 fours and 3 sixes in her 55-ball 83-run innings to anchor the Indian innings. She also became the second fastest India to complete 1000 runs in T20 internationals after Mithali Raj during her innings.
Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur too produced a strokeful 27-ball 43 studded with three sixes and as many fours to share a 68-run partnership for the third wicket with Mandhana. India, however, lost a bit of ground in the end following the quick wickets of Veda Krishnamurthy and Dayalan Hemalatha within a space of four balls.