The Indian Women cricketers have continued impressing everyone with their remarkable performances in the ongoing inaugural season of the Hundred.
After Jemima Rodrigues‘ heroics, it was a time for opening batter Smriti Mandhana, who shined with the willow in the 8th match of the competition played between Welsh Fire Women vs Southern Brave Women.
Mandhana, who is representing Southern Brave in this season, lit up the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff to help her side register a memorable victory.
While chasing 111, Mandhana carried her bat with a phenomenal 61 runs knock off 39 balls. She smashed five fours and three sixes during her match-winning effort to take her side over the finish line with eight wickets in hand.
Earlier, Welsh Fire posted 110/7 on the scoreboard from their allotted 100 deliveries. Opener Hayley Matthews, with 33 off 20, was their top scorer in the match. All-rounder Georgia Hennessy made a valuable contribution of 23 runs off 24 balls to take her side beyond the mark of 100 runs.
For Southern Brave, Lauren Bell (2/19) and Amanda Wellington (2/19) picked up a couple of wickets each.
Welsh Fire 110/7 in 100 balls (Hayley Matthews 33, Georgia Hennessy 23; Amanda Wellington 2/19, Lauren Bell 2/19) lost to Southern Brave 112/2 in 84 balls (Smriti Mandhana 61*; Nicole Harvey 1/23) by 8 wickets.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) July 27, 2021
Highest scores in Women's Hundred:-
92* – Jemimah Rodrigues
61* – Smriti Mandhana
60 – Jemimah Rodrigues
59 – Alice Capsey
56* – Dane van Niekerk
49* – Harmanpreet Kaur
All the top-3 scores are by Indians.#TheHundred
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) July 27, 2021
🏏 @mandhana_smriti against Welsh Fire:
— The Hundred (@thehundred) July 27, 2021
— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) July 27, 2021
Smriti Mandhana: Getting 110 runs, our bowlers and fielders were great…Lottie has been great as a head coach. She's been in touch with everyone throughout the last one month. When I came into the set-up, I already felt I knew all the girls#TheHundredpic.twitter.com/oYHi2XKRt8
— Annesha Ghosh (@ghosh_annesha) July 27, 2021
— IndianCricketHeroesIN (@ICHOfficial) 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
— Pratik (@122mlongsix) July 27, 2021
— SaiKiran@9999 (@Kiran99995) July 27, 2021
— Honey bee (@BeeBaby_07) July 27, 2021
Smriti Chasing Mandhana – 61* runs from 39 balls including 5 fours and 3 sixes while chasing 111 runs – she finished the match with a six. Well played, Smriti. pic.twitter.com/2cjdzj0ucQ
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 27, 2021
— Asif Raza (@ASIFCR75) July 27, 2021
What a beauty of a innings by Smriti Mandhana
— AMIT (@Amit_g777) July 27, 2021
Smriti Mandhana's shots are so effortless and beautiful to watch 🤩
— 𝐑. (@fanmahida) July 27, 2021