After winning the T20I series, India women has started their ODI series with a win against South Africa. Today, India have won the first ODI of the three matches ODI Series. Priya Punia made her ODI debut and scored a fifty and awarded with the player of the match award. Jemimah Rodrigues also scored a fifty. Taniya Bhatia Inflicts An MS Dhoni Style Stumping to Dismiss Trisha Chetty.
During the first power-play, when Ekta Bisht was bowling, then Taniya Bhatia Inflicts an MS Dhoni Style Stumping
— Utkarsh Bhatla (@UtkarshBhatla) October 9, 2019
Pooja Vasterkar replaced injured Smriti Mandhana
Before the start of this ODI Series, Smriti Mandhana injured his toe during the practice session. Now Pooja Vasterkar replaced him in the team.
“It’s a mild fracture,” coach WV Raman said in a press conference, along with ODI captain Mithali Raj, on Tuesday. “The call [on Mandhana’s return] will be taken based on the assessment of the physios at the NCA [National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru]. It’s difficult to fix the timeline either way because she still needs to get an MRI done because there is some swelling, and it has to die down for the MRI to be taken. Once that’s done, only then the assessment can be made.”
Raj chose to look at the positive side, saying the opener’s absence will create opportunities for other players. “She [Mandhana] is an experienced player,” Raj said. “But other players, like Priya Punia, have scored a lot of runs in the domestic games. This series is not part of the ICC Women’s Championship. So that way it’s a chance for us to try out new players. And I am positive that whoever gets a chance will utilise it fully.”