Harmanpreet Kaur out of first T20I match against South Africa due to injury

In the absence of Harmanpreet Kaur , Smriti Mandhani will take over the lead

Harmanpreet Kaur will not play in the first match of the three-match T20I series against South Africa starting on Saturday. She has been ruled out of the first T20I match due to injury. That is bad news for India before the match. In her place, Smriti Mandhana will lead the team in the first T20I match. India got beaten by South Africa in the ODI series. Mithali Raj- led the ODI team, could not win any other match in the series against South Africa except for a nine-wicket victory in the second match.

This was India’s first series in the last 12 months and she did not look ready for it. She scored competitive scores in the third and fourth ODIs but she could not walk in the first and fifth ODIs. Harmanpreet Kaur had scored 160 runs in the ODI series. Her exit in the first match was a setback to the team’s hopes. Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav and spin all-rounder Deepti Sharma were dropped from the fifth ODI due to their poor performance. Both of them will try to make a comeback in a short format. Arundhati Reddy and Mansi Joshi will be charged with fast bowling but Monika Patel and Simran Dil Bahadur will also be on the lookout.

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