1st time in cricket history! Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp create history with amazing tons

Published - 19 Jun 2024, 11:32 PM | Updated - 19 Jun 2024, 11:33 PM

India vs South Africa Women
India vs South Africa Women {PC:X}

India women's vs South Africa women's second ODI saw history getting scripted as four of the batters Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Laura Wolvaardt and Marizanne Kapp slammed centuries. The match between the two teams took place at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. 

With Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Laura Wolvaardt, and Marizanne Kapp registering centuries in the second ODI at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, it marked a historic feat. This was the first time that four women players had scored centuries in the same ODI. 

Asked to bat first, Indian women had a sensational start with the bat. Smriti Mandhana stole the limelight at the top. She struggled to get going at the top as he didn't open her account in the first 18 balls. But after that, she held her nerves pretty well and batted like a dream. 

Smriti Mandhana, who scored a century in the last game, slammed the second consecutive century of the series. She ended with an inning of 136 runs off 120 balls. She batted with a strike rate of over 113 and also hit 18 fours and 2 sixes in her innings, helping the team go past 300 runs on the board. 

She was supported equally well by her skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who played an aggressive innings and made sure that she finished the innings on high. She scored unbeaten 103 runs off 88 balls and hit 9 fours and 3 sixes in her innings, helping India post a total of 325 runs on the board. 

In the second innings, Laura Wolvaardt came up with a similar kind of effort as that of Smriti Mandhana. They lost early wickets but the opening batter made sure that she kept her team in the hunt and carried her bat through. She ended with the innings of unbeaten 135 runs off 135 runs with the help of 12 fours and 3 sixes. 

Marizanne Kapp was another shining light for South African women as she also slammed a magnificent ton. The batter scored 114 runs off 94 balls and also hit 11 fours and 3 sixes in her innings. She along with the skipper added 184 runs but couldn't take the team home as India won by just 4 runs.

I think 4 runs is heartbreaking - Laura Wolvaardt 

South Africa skipper Laura Wolvaardt talked about the close defeat to India, saying that it is a heartbreaking loss for them but she is proud of the way her team played. She also talked about the areas they lacked and while speaking to broadcasters, she explained: 

"I think 4 runs is heartbreaking, especially in a 300-run chase, but from the halfway mark, I'm extremely proud of the way we fought, especially the way Kapp played and at how the rest of the batters followed up in the chase. It was a bit difficult, the fielding wasn't great. 

"You can look back at each little thing in a 4-run loss, it's annoying but we can look back at one of the best batting efforts. I will try to switch off, have a good sleep tonight."

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India National Cricket Team South Africa national cricket team Smriti Mandhana Harmanpreet Kaur Laura Wolvaardt Marizanne Kapp