Smriti Mandhana: Smriti Mandhana opened the thread with a beating, hit a historic fifty against the British

Birmingham: The Indian team is playing a semi-final match against England (IND vs ENG) in the Commonwealth Games (CWG 2022). Women’s cricket has been included in the Games for the first time. India won the toss in the semi-final and captain Harmanpreet Kaur elected to bat first. Opener Smriti Mandhana gave an explosive start to the team. His batting put the host team on the batfoot.

studded fifty off 23 balls
Smriti Mandhana started taking classes of English bowlers from the very beginning. He completed his fifty in just 23 balls. This is the fastest fifty from India in Women’s T20 International cricket. When Smriti completed her fifty, her partner Shefali Verma was playing with just 5 runs. India had scored 64 for no loss in the powerplay.

Mandhana only on top-3
The fastest top-3 fifties in T20 International cricket for India have come out of Smriti Mandhana’s bat. She has also hit fifty in 24 and 25 balls before this. With this, the partnership of 1000 runs between Shefali Verma and Smriti Mandhana has also been completed while opening the batting. This is the first Indian women’s pair to add 1000 runs in the opener.

165 target for England
India batted explosively in the first 6 overs, but after that the English bowlers made a comeback. Team India could only manage 164 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs. Smriti’s innings of 61 runs off 32 balls, which included 8 fours and 3 sixes. Jemima Rodrigues scored 44 not out off 31 balls. Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma could not play fast innings in the middle order. Shefali Verma also faced 17 balls to score 15 runs.

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