ODI: Smriti equals Mithali's record; SA need 326 to win

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 19, 2024 IST

Smriti Mandhana

Bengaluru, June 19: Put into bat first, Indian women scored a respectable 325/3 in the allotted 50 overs against visitors South Africa in the second ODI of the three match series at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, here on Wednesday.

India opener Smriti Mandhana and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur hit centuries. The hosts batted sensibly and with controlled aggression to put on board a fighting total before their formidable opponents.

Mandhana etched her name in the annals of women's cricket history by equalling former captain Mithali Raj's all-time Indian record for the most centuries in women's ODIs. Mandhana's brilliant knock of 136 runs at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium against South Africa Women in the second ODI is her seventh ODI century, bringing her level with the legendary Raj. 

Following her century in the series opener, when she scored 117 runs, the flamboyant left-hander continued her superb form. Her back-to-back centuries made her the first Indian woman to achieve this feat in ODI cricket.

The match began with a cautious start for Mandhana, who was kept quiet by the South African bowlers during the first power-play. India lost opener Shafali Verma early, leaving Mandhana to anchor the innings. 

She meticulously built her innings, reaching 19 off 40 balls before shifting gears to dominate the bowlers. Her composed approach paid off as she reached her century in just 103 balls, eventually scoring 136 off 120 balls.

Mandhana's knock was adorned with 18 boundaries and two sixes, showcasing her ability to both accumulate and accelerate runs. Her efforts propelled India past the 200-run mark inside the 40th over, setting a strong foundation for a formidable total.

Supporting Mandhana at the other end was captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who also slammed an 87-ball century. The duo's partnership was crucial in maintaining the momentum and putting pressure on the South African bowlers.

However, Mandhana was dismissed in the 46th over scoring 136 of 129 deliveries, attempting to hit Nonkululeko Mlaba over the cover region.

India posted a mammoth total of 325 for three in 50 overs with the help of centuries by Mandhana and skipper Kaur.

Squads:

India Women XI: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Dayalan Hemalatha, Jemimah Rodrigues, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Asha Sobhana

South Africa Women XI: Laura Wolvaardt (c), Tazmin Brits, Anneke Bosch, Sune Luus, Marizanne Kapp, Nadine de Klerk, Nondumiso Shangase, Mieke de Ridder (wicket-keeper), Masabata Klaas, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Ayabonga Khaka.

India have already won the first ODI of the three-match series. (With IANS support)

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