On Friday, August 4, Smriti Mandhana, the talented Indian batter, etched her name in history by achieving the record for the most 50-plus scores (5) in the Women’s Hundred.
Representing the Southern Brave, Mandhana accomplished this remarkable feat during their thrilling encounter against the Welsh Fire at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Before the match, Mandhana was on par with her compatriot Jemimah Rodrigues on the list of players with the most 50-plus scores in the tournament, both boasting four such scores each.
However, Mandhana surpassed Jemimah on Friday with her splendid performance. Another impressive batter from the Brave, Danni Wyatt, also possesses four 50-plus scores in the competition.
Mandhana’s brilliant half-century was achieved off 33 balls, with a boundary off Freya Davies through the mid-wicket region.
She remained unbeaten, contributing a powerful 70 runs off just 42 balls, adorned with 11 delightful fours. Additionally, she reached another milestone by becoming the first player to surpass 500 runs in the Women’s Hundred.
Despite Mandhana’s heroics, the Southern Brave narrowly missed out on victory, losing the match by a mere four runs. The intensity soared as five runs were required off the last ball, but Mandhana couldn’t find the boundary off Hayley Matthews, resulting in a close defeat for her team.
Smriti Mandhana’s exceptional display of skill and consistency continues to elevate her reputation as one of the finest batters in the Women’s Hundred, solidifying her position as a force to be reckoned with on the global cricketing stage.