Smriti Mandhana continued on her sensational form in the Women's Cricket Super League, scoring yet another half century to help Western Storm beat Yorkshire Diamonds by seven wickets in the 17th match of the competition.
Chasing 173, Mandhana and her opening partner, Rachel Priest got Storm off to a very good start with a 101 run partnership. Both the batters departed in quick succession, but Storm's skipper Heather Knight made sure that her team got past the finishing line, and continued on their incredible run in the competition. Storm are second in the table with 23 points from six matches, and sit just behind Loughborough Lightning on net run-rate.
In all the six matches in the tournament, the Indian Women's cricket star has scored in excess of 30, which also includes two half centuries and one century. Her astonishing form in the 2018 edition means she now has 338 runs already, which is the highest ever by any player in the KIA Super League. Mandhana has gone past her present teammates Stafanie Taylor and Rachel Priest, who were the leading run-getters with 289 and 261 runs in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
The 22-year-old scored this edition's first century to help her side beat Lancashire Thunder in the 15th match of the tournament on August 3. 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.