Rain proved to be a villain on the first day of the only pink ball test being played between India and Australia. The day’s play had to be called off early due to incessant rain. Team India is in a very strong position thanks to Smriti Mandhana’s unbeaten knock of 80 runs. Batting first after losing the toss, the Indian women’s team made 132 runs for the loss of one wicket. Poonam Raut is stuck at the crease after scoring 16 runs with Mandhana. At the same time, the Australian bowlers got only one success in the form of Shafali Verma. Shefali returned to the pavilion after scoring 31 runs.
After losing the toss, the Indian team made a good start in the Pink Ball Test and Mandhana and Shefali shared a partnership of 93 runs for the first wicket. Shefali was dismissed for 31 runs with the help of four fours after facing 64 balls. After Shefali’s dismissal, Mandhana along with Poonam took the Indian innings forward and took the score of 132 runs. But, after that due to the weather, further play could not be possible. This is also Mandhana’s highest score in Test cricket and on the second day of the Test she will be eyeing her maiden century in the longest format of the game. This is Mandhana’s third fifty in Test cricket.
Smriti Mandhana has also become the first Indian woman batsman to score a half-century in a pink ball test match. Mandhana completed her fifty in 51 balls. Earlier, the Australian women’s cricket team won the toss and decided to bowl. Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Darcy Brown and Stella Campbell made their debuts for Australia while Yastika Bhatia and Meghna Singh made their debuts for India.