Indian women’s team opener Smriti Mandhana scored her maiden Test hundred against Australia women’s team in the ongoing pink-ball Test in Queensland.
The 25-year-old Mandhana, who is playing just in her third Test match, played a whirlwind knock against one of the strongest bowling attacks in the world.
Mandhana added 20 more runs to her overnight score of 80 to reach the three-figure mark for the first time in the oldest format.
Smriti Mandhana survived dismissal in the early part of Day 2
Mandhana pulled Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry for a four to complete her maiden Test hundred as she survived a dismissal against the same bowler in the 46th over.
Perry had got the left-handed batter caught on the second ball of her over but she had overstepped that gave the Indian player a life to reach the milestone.
On Day 1, Mandhana started with plenty of brisk shots as she was involved in a 93-run stand with Shafali Verma before the teenager holed out to Tahlia McGrath at mid-off with a tired shot.
Mandhana could have scored her first hundred in Australia on Day 1 itself if the play had not taken interventions because of bad light on a couple of occasions. However, it is said “Better late than never” and that is what the Indian opener will be delighted to achieve her goal.
Smriti Mandhana hundred Twitter reactions
Well that is superb, Smriti Mandhana. I remember seeing her for the first time in the 2014 Test against England at Wormsley and being blown away by how good she looked. She now looks even better and has a Test century to her name. Bravo! #AUSvIND
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) October 1, 2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 1, 2021
Four years ago, Smriti Mandhana scored a Test hundred in the World Cup.
She took of her helmet and raised her bat. That photograph got shared everywhere.
Now, another similar photograph in whites is all set to get viral.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@SachinAzharCT) (@ovshake42) October 1, 2021
Smriti Mandhana – first Indian women cricketer to score a Pink Ball Test ton. What a knock, what a class. pic.twitter.com/9K5Y4bXExB
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 1, 2021
45.2 Caught off a no-ball 👻
51.5 Raises her first ever Test century 👏
A momentous and rollercoaster day for Smriti Mandhana 🎢
— ICC (@ICC) October 1, 2021
Smriti Mandhana is now the first ever visiting player outside England to score a Women's Test hundred in Australia.#AUSvIND
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) October 1, 2021
Smriti Mandhana gets her maiden Test hundred. What a quality innings this has been. Hope she gets gets a big score #AUSvIND
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) October 1, 2021
Smriti Mandhana becomes just the fourth women's player – and the first Indian – to score a Test & ODI hundred.
Enid Bakewell (Eng)
Debbie Hockley (NZ)
Sarah Taylor (Eng)
— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) October 1, 2021