IND W vs AUS W, Pink Ball Test: India Women’s Opener Smriti Mandhana scored her maiden test century on Friday in the pink ball test against Australia Women at Carrara. With this stunning century, Smriti became the first Indian woman to score a ton in the day-night Test.
The ongoing one-off test is India Women’s team’s first-ever day & night test. After being sent in to bat first, Mandhana displayed a fine show with the bat & registered her maiden ton to put India in a commanding position in the ongoing test match.
With her gleaming ton, Smriti Mandhana also becomes the second Indian cricketer to register a century in the pink ball test after India Men’s team captain Virat Kohli. ‘King Kohli’ has scored a century against Bangladesh in the Indian men’s team’s first day & night test at Eden Gardens in 2019. However, Mandhana is the first Indian women’s team batter to achieve this feat in an overseas Test.
Smriti Mandhana’s impeccable ton puts India in a dominating position
Smriti’s opener partner Shafali Verma who was playing cautious knock was very well backed by Smriti Mandhana who was on attacking mode right from the first bowl she faced. Mandhana’s aggressive batting approach kept Australian bowlers at the bay.
Smriti Mandhana reached her half-century off 51 balls. Mandhana was in her best form as she bounced back & pierced the gaps in the field when faced with short deliveries. When Australia pitched it fuller, she drove in a typically elegant fashion.
After registering a quick half-century, she slowed down as Shafali Verma on the other end started to accelerate her innings. However, the partnership was brought to an end when the latter miscued a shot off Sophie Molineux to Tahlia McGrath at mid-off for 31. The openers put up 93 runs for the first wicket.
Then came Punam Raut on the crease to support Mandhana on the crease. The duo was looking confident on crease & were utilizing every chance to score before rain stopped play early on Day 1. However, Smriti Mandhana started Day 2 on a high note & the duo of Punam & Mandhana continued to trouble Aussie’s bowlers.
Soo Smriti Mandhana brought up her maiden tets century in style by hitting two fours in the 52nd over. Mandhana faced 216 deliveries for her 127, hitting 22 boundaries and one six. She put on 102 runs for the second wicket with Punam Raut, leaving India at 195/2 when she departed.
After the dismissal of Smriti Mandhana, India lost quick wickets as Punam Raut, Mithali Raj & Yastika Bhatia all failed to deliver with the bat. Interestingly Raut decided to walk back to the pavilion even though the umpire didn’t give him out.
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