Queensland: Indian women’s cricket team opener Smriti Mandhana has become the first Indian woman player to score a Test century in Australia. Mandhana scored a century against Australia on the second day of the one-day Test match being played in Queensland. Mandhana started playing ahead of 80 runs today and scored her maiden Test century in 171 balls.
Mandhana created history
Mandhana, however, was dismissed after scoring 127 off 216 balls. He hit 22 fours and a six in his innings. Mandhana had earlier said that she is not thinking of getting a century and her main focus is to bat for long hours. Mandhana had said on Thursday, “At the moment I am not thinking of a century. The team needs me to bat well.” Mandhana is the second cricketer after Virat Kohli to score a century in the Pink Ball Test from India. Kohli scored 136 runs against Bangladesh in the Kolkata Test in the year 2019.
Score century in Australia
Smriti 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 Friday on the second day of the Day Night Test against Australia. India’s position was very strong during the dinner break. Today India started playing ahead of 132 runs for one wicket. Mandhana, 25, became the first Indian woman to score a century in Day Night Test. With this she became the first Indian to reach triple digits in the traditional format on Australian soil.
Got life for 80 runs
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. He completed his century by hitting a pool shot to Ellyse Perry in the 52nd over. Mandhana would have got out on her yesterday’s score only 80 runs but in the second over, Parry’s ball turned out to be a no ball. Replays showed that the catch was also unclear. Eventually she returned by catching Ash Gardner in short mid-off. Raut returned with a catch behind the wicket. Captain Mithali Raj was playing 15 runs at the time of dinner.