NZ-W vs IND-W: Smriti Mandhana, Meghna Singh and Renuka Singh still in managed isolation says Yastika Bhatia

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NZ-W vs IND-W: Smriti Mandhana, Meghna Singh and Renuka Singh still in managed isolation says Yastika Bhatia

NZ-W vs IND-W: India batter Yastika Bhatia on Wednesday said that Smriti Mandhana is still in managed isolation, as per New Zealand government protocols, and this is the reason she did not play in the one-off T20I against the White Ferns.

Bhatia also confirmed that Meghna Singh and Renuka Singh are also under managed isolation. It’s difficult to predict whether these three will be available for selection in Saturday’s first ODI of the five-match series.

“Smriti Mandhana, Meghna Singh, and Renuka Singh are in compulsory MIQ (managed isolation and quarantine) as per New Zealand government guidelines. That is all we can say at the moment,” said Yastika during a virtual press conference.

New Zealand defeated India by 18 runs in the one-off T20I at the John Davies Oval on Wednesday, thanks to outstanding knocks from Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine, as well as Jess Kerr’s two-wicket haul.

Bates and Devine had earlier contributed 36 and 31 runs respectively to help New Zealand reach 155/5 in the allotted twenty overs. Deepti Sharma returned with two wickets for India.

“There is a lot of wind over here, we have to assess wind conditions and then play our shots accordingly. Timing the ball is crucial over here. This tour is important for me, we are getting a series here. And doing well for us is important,” said Yastika.

India and New Zealand will now lock horns in five-match ODI series, beginning Saturday.

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