New Delhi. The historic Day-Night Test between the women’s teams of India and Australia (INDW vs AUSW) is being played at the Metricon Stadium. Australian women’s team captain Main Lanning won the toss and decided to bowl first. However, this decision of Captain Lanning backfired. The Indian team’s openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma made a quick start. Both these players gave a strong start to Team India by sharing 93 runs for the first wicket. While batting explosively, Mandhana hit a fifty in just 51 balls with the help of 11 fours. This 25-year-old player hit four fours in the same over on the ball of Darcy Brown. This is Mandhana’s third half-century in Test cricket.
This is the first day-night and pink ball test for Mandhana and the Indian women’s team. Mandhana has become the first female batsman to score the first half-century for India in the Pink Ball Test. Mandhana, who made her debut at the age of just 18, also scored a half-century in her Test match. He did this feat against England in the year 2014. Seven years after this test, the Indian women’s team played red-ball cricket in England. Mandhana also played a brilliant 78 runs at the Bristol ground in England for three months. This match was a draw.
Australia’s Playing 11: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Ashley Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Sophie Molinau, Georgia Wareham, Darcy Brown, Stella Campbell.
India’s Playing 11: Smriti Mandhana, Shefali Verma, Poonam Raut, Mithali Raj (captain), Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Tania Bhatia (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh and Rajeshwari Gaikwad.