AUSvIND Day night test: Smriti Mandhana's historic six, India's score at stumps: 132/1

Amit Kumar Jha
30/09/2021 23:56 IST
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There were 16 boundaries in the first 16 overs, most of which came off Mandhana's bat. Shefali also played some attractive shots in the meantime. Mandhana hit many fours on the balls of Darcy Brown, who was making her Test debut.

Smriti Mandhana has become the second player in women's Test cricket to hit a six on her own against Australia.Mandhana equaled the 30-year-old record on Thursday in the only day-night Test match that started today.Before Smriti, Diana Edulji did this feat in the Melbourne Test in 1991.Opener Smriti Mandhana scored a career-best 80 not out as India scored 132 for wickets on the first day of the rain-hit Test.
Mandhana, who has some brilliant shots on the off side, has made 80 runs in 144 balls with the help of 15 fours, she shared a 93-run partnership with Shefali Verma for the first wicket.Shefali scored 31 runs in 64 balls.Most of the second season was washed out due to rain, but this season Mandhana added 16 runs and managed to surpass her previous personal best of 78 runs.The game was halted in the 45th over due to rain and had to take early tea break.After that the game could not start again.Mandhana hit a six over deep square leg on Tahlia McGrath and then hit the same bowler for a four over mid-wicket.At the end of the day's play, Poonam Raut (16 runs in 57 balls) was supporting Mandhana.Both have made an unbroken partnership of 39 runs for the second wicket.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and decided to bowl on a green pitch but Mandhana proved it wrong.In fact, Shefali and Mandhana stunned the Australian bowlers by batting against their traditional game.Shefali, who is usually aggressive, played the role of Mandhana's assistant.There were 16 boundaries in the first 16 overs, most of which came off Mandhana's bat.Shefali also played some attractive shots in the meantime.Mandhana hit many fours on the balls of Darcy Brown, who was making her Test debut.
Mandhana completed her half-century with a cover drive to McGrath.At the same time, Shefali hit four fours in her innings.He also got two life sentences.Mag Lenning dropped his catch at first slip, while Annabel Sutherland later dropped the catch at mid-on.In the end, McGrath took a catch at mid-off off left-arm spinner Sophie Molineau and sent him to the pavilion.There was some curb on the run-rate after spinners Molineau (1 for 18) and Ashleigh Gardner (1 for 14) took charge.Mandhana scored the first 51 runs off 50 balls while she played 94 balls for the next 29 runs.

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