New Delhi. Opener Smriti Mandhana scored a brilliant century in the historic Women’s Day-Night Test match against Australia. Rain and bad weather disrupted the second day on Friday and the game had to be called off early. After the dinner break, the players had to leave the field due to lightning, by then India had scored 276 runs in 101.5 overs for the loss of 5 wickets. More than a season’s play was spoiled due to bad weather. It rained along with lightning, which made the outfield wet.
Mandhana, 25, became the first Indian woman to score a century in Day-Night Tests. With this she became the first Indian to reach triple digits in the traditional format on Australian soil. Mandhana scored 127 runs in 216 balls with the help of 22 fours and a six. He added 102 runs for the second wicket with Poonam Raut, which is a record in Australia. Earlier, he had scored 93 runs in the first wicket partnership with Shefali Verma.
The game could not start despite excellent evacuation arrangements at Carrara Oval as the outfield needed more than a few hours to dry up. Even the fielders put on super-suppers. The umpires inspected the ground at 8:30 pm local time and decided to end the day’s play. The game had to end early even during the opening day’s play on Thursday. At the time of stumps, Deepti Sharma was playing after scoring 12 runs while Tania Bhatia has not opened the account yet.
After the game was stopped, the pitch was covered and the players also left the field, now 108 overs will be bowled each day in the last two days of the match. India lost two wickets in the second session which included the wickets of captain Mithali Raj (30) and debutant Yastika Bhatia (19). Mithali looked to be in good form to play a long innings but she was run out after hitting some beautiful shots.
Earlier, opener Mandhana made many records with her first Test century, while with the help of her innings, India scored 231 for three in the first session on the second day. India’s position at the dinner break was very strong, which started playing ahead of 132 runs for one wicket. He completed his century by hitting a pull shot to Ellyse Perry in the 52nd over. Mandhana would have got out on her yesterday’s score only for 80 runs but in the second over, Parry’s ball was a no-ball. Replays showed that the catch was also unclear. Eventually she returned by catching Ash Gardner in short mid-off. Raut was out caught behind the wicket.