Indian opener Smriti Mandhana scored her maiden Check century in the course of the one-off Pink Ball match in opposition to Australia on Friday. Mandhana’s first Check ton got here within the fourth Check of her profession; previous to this innings, her highest rating was 78 in opposition to England, which she scored earlier this yr.
The left-handed batter began her innings strongly in opposition to Australia within the historic Pink Ball Check, scoring run-a-ball half-century earlier than settling down, following the arrival of spinners within the innings. At the same time as Shafali Verma was dismissed, Mandhana remained composed as she cast a partnership alongside Punam Raut, ending the rain-hit first day at 80*.
On her second supply of Day 2, Mandhana was caught by Beth Mooney on the cover-point area; nevertheless, she dramatically survived after the supply was deemed a no-ball as Ellyse Perry overstepped the mark.
The Indian batter remained unfazed, nevertheless, as she scored with appreciable tempo. She finally reached the three-figure mark within the 52nd over of the innings with a boundary within the midwicket area of Perry.
Mandhana grew to become the primary Indian girls’s cricketer to attain a Check century on Australian soil, in addition to the primary to attain a century in girls’s Pink Ball Check for India.