Smriti Mandhana smashes first hundred of Women’s Cricket Super League 2018

first_imgSmriti Mandhana smashed a 61-ball 102 in the Women’s Cricket Super League 2018 to help her team Western Storms registered a big seven-wicket win over Lancashire Thunder at Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday.Mandhana continued her fine form in the T20 tournament in England after slamming the joint-fastest fifty in women’s T20s earlier in the league.This was Mandhana’s first T20 hundred in franchise cricket even as she has scored five half centuries in T20 Internationals. She is only the second woman India after Mithali Raj to score a T20 hundred.With the 102 on Friday, Mandhana became the top scorer in the tournament so far with 282 runs. Second on the list is Amy Satterthwaite with 171 runs.100 for @mandhana_smriti #SmitriTheStorm #StormTroopers Storm (@WesternStormKSL) August 3, 2018Western Storms had to chase 154 runs after Lancashire Thunder registered 153/7 in their 20 overs, courtesy an 85 not out by Satterthwaite.India’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who represented Lancashire perished for a golden duck as she was run out.For Lancashire, the second highest-scorer was wicket-keeper Eleanor Threlkeld, who managed to put 15 runs on board in 16 deliveries.Anya Shrubsole was the best bowler for Western Storms returning with figures of 3/36.In reply, Western Storms were dealt an early blow as Rachel Priest departed for just 5 runs, with Mandhana on 1. However, Mandhana took it over from there and began powering balls to the boundary.Also read – Smriti Mandhana, England captain Heather Knight bond over Hindi lessonsCaptain Heather Knight got out for just 8 runs in 11 deliveries in 5.3 overs but by then Western Storms’ scoreboard read 47 runs. From the first wicket to the second, Mandhana smashed four boundaries and two sixes to take her score to 33 off 18 deliveries.advertisementMandhana kept timing the balls beautifully even after Knight fell and struck 10 more boundaries and two more sixes in her remarkable innings.Mandhana, eventually fell to Satterthwaite in 18.2 overs with just two runs left to win the match.WICKET: @mandhana_smriti is out for 102 from 61 balls! #WhatAKnock Storm (@WesternStormKSL) August 3, 2018Western Storms are second in the league table with 19 points from five matches. Table leaders Loughborough Lightning have the same points but a better net run rate.Earlier, Mandhana had slammed her first fifty of the tournament against Loughborough Lightning, which was also the joint-fastest fifty in women’s Twenty20s.Mandhana had brought up her fifty in just 18 deliveries. Her 52-run knock in 19 deliveries included five fours and four maximums.last_img

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