Huge Blow: Smriti Mandhana set to miss the first ODI against West Indies in Antigua

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Indian women’s team opener Smriti Mandhana will miss the first ODI against the Windies in Antigua after still recovering from a fractured toe during the last home series against the Proteas.

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The explosive opener, who underwent rehab to treat her fracture at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore is expected to join the squad by Friday as per officials from the BCCI. Here’s what the official mentioned:

“She will not be available for the first ODI. But she will travel to the West Indies tonight (Thursday) or by Friday,” 

The Women In Blue will play the second ODI on Sunday, and there is no clarification as to whether Mandhana would be able to partake in that particular fixture.

While the other members of her squad travelled to the Caribbean, the left-hander remained in Bangalore to complete her recovery. Mandhana was replaced by Pooja Vastrakar after sustaining the injury.

The team are in dire need of Mandhana as the replacement opener could only score 46 runs across 4 innings. The team is scheduled to play 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is, it is yet to see how many games the opener would play in.

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