Smriti Mandhana winning six: The Indian opening batter has scored her maiden half-century in The Hundred at Sophia Gardens.
During the eighth match of the ongoing inaugural season of The Hundred (Women’s) between Welsh Fire and Southern Brave in Cardiff, Southern Brave batter Smriti Mandhana hit a splendid six to seal a 111-run chase.
Opening the batting with Danni Wyatt (12), Mandhana bagged the ‘Player of the Match’ award for scoring a match-winning 61* (39) comprising of five fours and three sixes.
It was on the sixth delivery that Mandhana faced that she showed first signs of aggression by hitting Welsh Fire spinner Bryony Smith for a six. What followed was Mandhana finding boundaries with ease making situation easier for her team.
Having already hit a couple of sixes, it was on the 76th delivery that Mandhana ran a single off Hayley Matthews to complete her maiden half-century in the tournament. On the 84th delivery, the southpaw danced down the track to Smith to hit a winning shot in the form of another six.
After Brave captain Anya Shrubsole won the toss and invited the hosts in to bat first, Fire scored a below par 110/7 in 100 balls on the back of Matthews top-scoring with 33 (20) after opening the batting with Smith (1). With identical bowling figures of picking two wickets for 19 runs, Amanda-Jade Wellington and Lauren Bell were the pick of the bowlers for the visitors.
Smriti Mandhana winning six vs Welsh Fire
is how you win a cricket match!
— The Hundred (@thehundred) July 27, 2021
Twitter reactions on Smriti Mandhana:
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 27, 2021
#SmritiMandhana crediting the bowlers for the win is such a good thing. Not the first time she has done it, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Turning into a very good leader Ms Mandhana. #TheHundred #CreditWhereItsDue #TeamBowler
— Ananya Upendran (@a_upendran11) July 27, 2021
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