Smriti Mandhana has wowed her fans and supporters yet again as the left-hander scored a scintillating hundred to put India in a commanding position in the ongoing Pink Ball Test. The opener became India’s first Test centurion in Australia and built valuable partnerships with Shafali Verma and Poonam Raut. In the process, Mandhana also broke multiple records with her century, guiding close to the 200-run run mark before her dismissal.
From the get-go, Smriti Mandhana looked unstoppable as she took on the Australian attack on Day 1. The left-hander had raced to 80 not out before rain stopped play and brought an end to the proceedings. The 25-year-old continued from where she left off on Day 2 to reach the milestone, becoming the first Indian woman to score a Test century in Australia. Mandhana demonstrated great control throughout the innings, playing some crisp cover drives, and latched to anything short delivered by the Aussies. Her sojourn ended after Ashleigh Gardner foxed her with her spin, as the Indian left-hander hit it straight to silly mid-off to give Australia the breakthrough.
1⃣ Six@mandhana_smriti gets out after playing a superb knock. 👏 👏 #TeamIndia #AUSvIND
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- Smriti Mandhana’s 127 is the highest score vs Australia in Australia in women’s Tests.
- Mandhana is the first Indian to score a Test hundred in Australia, and the first to reach triple figures in a Pink Ball Test.
- She is also the only non-England cricketer to score a century against Australia in Australia.
- The Indian opener now has the highest individual score for India Women in Australia in all three formats – 108* (ODIs), 127 (Tests), 66 (T20Is)
- Mandhana is the first cricketer after Ellyse Perry to score a Test century after 2014.
- Smriti also became just the fourth women’s player and the first Indian woman to bag a century in both ODIs and Test.