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Ghosh goes off with concussion, Brits stretchered off with contusion

Neither player was able to take a full part in the first T20I between India and South Africa in Chennai on Friday

Richa Ghosh took a blow to her face after dropping Tazmin Brits, India vs South Africa, 1st T20I, Chennai, July 5, 2024

Richa Ghosh took a blow to her face after dropping Tazmin Brits  •  BCCI

Richa Ghosh suffered a concussion on the field during the first T20I between India and South Africa in Chennai on Friday. The 20-year-old wicketkeeper was subsequently ruled out of the game with batter S Sajana subbing in to take her place from the chase onwards.
Ghosh, who was playing her 50th T20I, had symptoms of "neck pain and dizziness" as per a BCCI statement after attempting a catch in the 16th over of the first innings. Tazmin Brits heaved a length ball from Pooja Vastrakar across the line and got a top edge. Ghosh ran forward, put in a big dive and reached out with both hands but the ball rebounded off her gloves and into her face. Ghosh immediately sought the help of India physio and went off the field.
Initially, the uncapped Uma Chetry came on as substitute and kept wicket, but then at the change of innings Sajana was announced as the official concussion substitute. She would've been allowed to bat had there been the need but the match ended before that with South Africa securing a 12-run victory and a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Brits also suffered an injury, a contusion in the right lower leg and had to be stretchered off the field in the second innings. It seemed like a cramp initially when she went off the field after the fifth over. This was after the South Africa opener spent 92 minutes during the first innings top-scoring for her side with a 56-ball 81 that helped the visitors to 189 for 4. Masabata Klaas replaced Brits in the field.

Srinidhi Ramanujam is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo