78 from Mandhana in the first innings of the one-off Test against England resulted in a tie in the match. She made a crucial 49 in India’s sole one-day international series victory.
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy winner Smriti Mandhana has been appointed as India’s opening batsman for the Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2021. Mandhana was instrumental in both of India’s victories in the limited-overs series against South Africa, which saw India win just two of eight games at home. She hit 80 not out in the second ODI, which helped India level the series, and 48 not out in the final T20I, which helped India win the series.
78 from Mandhana in the first innings of the one-off Test against England resulted in a tie in the match. In India’s lone victory in the one-day series, she scored a vital 49 runs. It was all for naught, though, as India lost the T20I series 2-1 despite her 29 and 50-ball scores in the first two games.
In the ODI series against Australia, Mandhana was in fine form, scoring 86 in the second match. For the first time in her career, she scored a century and was named Player of the Match. In the last T20I, she made her second fifty in the year, but India lost the series 2-0 despite her efforts.
By hitting her maiden Test century, Mandhana made India’s first-ever pink-ball Test even more memorable.”
Under the lights, the left-hander played her natural game and scored a run-a-ball half-century.
Mandhana was apprehended on 80, but Ellyse Perry overstepped the mark, granting him a reprieve. It was a lifeline that she took advantage of, scoring her first Test century with a boundary.
After putting India in a commanding position, her innings ended at 127. Mandhana was named Player of the Match despite the match ending in a tie.