Women’s T20 World Cup: Here’s why Smriti Mandhana is not playing against Bangladesh

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After defeating mighty Australia in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup, the morale of the Indian team is high as they will be looking forward to continue their winning momentum in their second game against Bangladesh at WACA Ground in Perth on Monday.

However, there was a piece of bad news when Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur came for the toss as she revealed that star opener Smriti Mandhana wouldn’t be playing the contest against Bangladesh due to viral fever.

“We wanted to bat and get a decent total on the board, so we are happy. The first game was good for us to set the tone, and we’re positive that we’ll do that. Smriti Mandhana is out due to viral fever, and Richa Ghosh comes in for her,” said Harmanpreet at the toss.

Earlier, Bangladesh’s skipper Salma Khatun won the toss and elected to bowl first; however, she first went for batting but quickly changed her decision and opted to field.

“I’d like to bat first – umm, sorry, I’d like to field first. I liked the fact that we won the warm-ups, and that will give us a lot of confidence in the main matches. In the Asia Cup, we won against India, so we’ll give our best against India. We’ll put our best foot forward,” said Salma at the toss.

Here are the teams:

Bangladesh Women (Playing XI): Murshida Khatun, Shamima Sultana, Sanjida Islam, Nigar Sultana (wk), Fargana Hoque, Rumana Ahmed, Salma Khatun (c), Fahima Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Panna Ghosh, Nahida Akter.

India Women (Playing XI): Shafali Verma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh, Veda Krishnamurthy, Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad.

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