India endured some nervous moments during their ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 opening match against Australia when ace opener Smriti Mandhana appeared to hurt her shoulder.
With India having posted 132/4, they would have to be tight on the field, and Mandhana put her body on the line in trying to save a few runs. In the first over of Australia's chase, she gave chase to Alyssa Healy's shot through cover and pushed the ball in just before it reached the ropes.
She herself crashed into the hoardings, however, and clutched her left shoulder in pain. She received treatment from the physio and continued fielding, but walked off at the end of the over for more treatment.
Worrying signs for the India camp...— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) February 21, 2020
Smriti Mandhana dives brilliantly to save four, but crashes into the hoardings afterwards 🤕
She's gone off the field for further treatment.#AUSvIND | #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/L0HW4UjY68
While she eventually returned to the field, the extent or exact nature of the injury remained unclear.
Mandhana, ranked No.4 on the MRF Tyres ICC Women's T20I Rankings for batting, is a vital player for India. In her team's batting innings, while she managed just 10 runs, she combined with the young Shafali Verma to post 40 in just the first four overs.