In stunning skill and determination, Indian cricketer Smriti Mandhana has etched her name in history by becoming the first player to score 500 runs in The Hundred Women’s competition. Adding to her remarkable feat, she delivered yet another match-winning performance in the tournament, further solidifying her reputation as one of the most talented batters in women’s cricket.
Smriti Mandhana’s heroics in The Hundred have been nothing short of extraordinary. In the opening match of this year’s competition, representing Southern Brave, she played a blistering knock, amassing an unbeaten 70 runs off just 42 balls. Her innings were studded with 11 glorious boundaries, showcasing her impeccable timing and shot selection.
Undeterred by the pressure and expectations, Smriti Mandhana followed up her exceptional opening game performance with another fifty in the second contest against Welsh Fire. This time, she stood tall as her team’s leading run-scorer, contributing significantly to Southern Brave’s chase of 166 runs. Unfortunately, despite her valiant efforts, Southern Brave fell short by a mere 4 runs, concluding the match with a total of 161/4.
One of the highlights of Southern Brave’s run-chase was the formidable partnership between Smriti Mandhana and Danni Wyatt. The duo stitched together an impressive 96-run stand, displaying great chemistry and understanding in their batting approach. While their partnership went a long way in keeping the team’s hopes alive, it ultimately couldn’t seal the victory.
On the opposing side, Hayley Matthews proved to be the lynchpin for Welsh Fire. Her impressive knock of 65 runs off 100 balls laid the foundation for the team’s total of 165/3. Matthews’ ability to anchor the innings and build partnerships was pivotal in setting a competitive target for Southern Brave.
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As Smriti Mandhana blazes a trail with her phenomenal performance, Nat Sciver-Brunt is another player in contention for the top spot. With an impressive tally of 497 runs, Nat Sciver-Brunt is hot on Mandhana’s heels, ensuring an enthralling battle for the leading run-scorer in The Hundred women’s competition.