ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023: Harmanpreet Kaur And Pooja Vastrakar Not Expected To Participate In The India-Australia T20 World Cup Semifinal

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India is concerned about the availability of the pattern Harman Preet Kaur and pacer Pooja Vastrakar ahead of their T20 World Cup semi-final match against Australia in Cape Town scheduled for Thursday.

Both players are believed to be unwell and were admitted to a nearby hospital the day before the match before being released later that night. Due to India’s continued optimism that the pair would be ready for the match, a decision on their availability is only anticipated around Thursday afternoon (South Africa local time).

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Smriti Mandhana to lead India if Harmanpreet Kaur fails to recover

India’s hopes on Thursday will be severely affected if both players are ruled out because left-arm Radha Yadav also has health problems. Smriti Mandhana will lead the team against Australia, who will be looking for their third successive T20 World Cup victory, if Harmanpreet Kaur does not recover. India entered the game as the underdog, and now that two of their great players are unwell, it would be even more difficult for them to win.

Harleen Deol will take over from Harmanpreet Kaur if she is deemed unable to compete. With just 66 runs scored in four games, the Indian captain has not had a great campaign so far. However, he is known for bringing his “A” game in crucial games, and India will need him against a potent Australian side.

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Vastrakar, along with Renuka Singh, is a crucial potential with the new ball despite taking just two wickets in the competition so far. India have three pacers and three spinners on the pitch, but if Vastrakar and Radha are unavailable they will have to change their bowling line-ups as well.

While Devika Vaidya will be given, India may also need to bring in mid-pace left-arm Anjali Sarvani and may also include Yastika Bhatia if they want to improve their batting.

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