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On-song Smriti Mandhana Scores The First Century Of Women's Cricket Super League 2018

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Indian Women's cricket star Smriti Mandhana is wrecking havoc in the ongoing Women's Cricket Super League
  • The left-handed batter reached her century of just 60 balls

Indian Women's cricket star Smriti Mandhana is wrecking havoc in the ongoing Women's Cricket Super League. The Western Storm opener scored this edition's first century to help her side beat Lancashire Thunder in the 15th match of the tournament. 

Batting first, Lancashire posted 153 for 7 in their 20 overs thanks to a 57-ball 85 from Amy Satterthwaite. Though, there was failure for Harmanpreet Kaur, who was dismissed for a golden duck.

In reply, Western Storm saw Mandhana continue her unbelievable form in the tournament. The left-handed batter reached her century of just 60 balls. Her knock helped her team chase down 154 with 1.4 overs to spare. Following this win, Storm are second in the table with 19 points, whereas Thunder are in third with 13 points.

Mandhana is the leading run-getter by a huge margin in the KIA Super League. She now has an incredible 282 runs after five matches at a strike rate of 190.54.

Earlier in the tournament, Mandhana scored the joint fastest T20 half-century of all time. Against Loughborough Lightning, she reached the half-century of just 18 balls.

Mandhana, who is the first Indian to play in the KIA Super League, added another feather to her illustrious cap by equaling the record of New Zealand's Sophie Devine which she set in 2005 against India in Bengaluru.

In her blitzkrieg knock, the left-handed batter hit 5 fours and 4 sixes. What's more interesting is that she got to the landmark in outstanding fashion by smashing a six. Mandhana's recent feat surpasses her own 25-ball 50 record she had set during a T201 against England in March. This also betters her 30-ball 50 record she had set previously against Australia.

Her national teammate and Thunder's middle-order batter Harmanpreet failed to fire against her compatriot. Though, she also made a positive impact on her Super League debut.

The 29-year-old made her debut for Lancashire Thunder against Surrey Stars. And on her maiden appearance, she won her side the match with a brilliant batting performance.

In the 11th match of the KIA Super League, Harmanpreet scored a 21-ball 34, and finished the innings with a six to help Lancashire beat Surrey by five wickets with one ball to spare. 

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