New Delhi. Opener Smriti Mandhana scored a career-best 80 not out as the Indian women’s cricket team scored 132 for one on Thursday in the rain-hit first day of the one-off Day-Night Test against Australia. A total of 44.1 overs were played due to rain and bad weather on the first day of this Test match at the Carrara Oval ground in Queensland.
Mandhana, who made some brilliant shots on the off side, has scored 80 runs in 144 balls with the help of 15 fours. He shared a 93-run partnership with Shafali Verma for the first wicket. Shefali scored 31 runs in 64 balls. Most of the second season was washed out due to rain but in this session Mandhana managed to add 16 runs and managed to surpass her previous personal best of 78 runs.
Mandhana hit a six over deep square leg on Tahlia McGrath and then hit the same bowler for a four over mid-wicket. At stumps, Poonam Raut (16 runs in 57 balls) was supporting Mandhana, both of whom have shared an unbroken 39-run partnership for the second wicket. However, the session on the third day was completely washed away by rain.
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 contrary to their traditional game. Shefali, who is usually aggressive, played the role of Mandhana’s assistant.
Mandhana hit many fours on the balls of Darcy Brown, who was making her Test debut. Mandhana completed her half-century by putting a cover drive to McGrath. At the same time, Shefali hit four fours in her innings. He also got life donation twice. Mag Lenning dropped his catch at first slip, while Annabel Sutherland later dropped the catch at mid-on. In the end, McGrath caught the ball of left-arm spinner Sophie Molinou in mid-off and sent him to the pavilion.