Smriti Mandhana equals this elusive record of Mithali Raj in ODIs

Indian cricket player Smriti Mandhana made history in women’s cricket by tying the record of former captain Mithali Raj for the most centuries in women’s One Day Internationals (ODIs). Mandhana scored an impressive 136 runs at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium against South Africa Women in the second ODI, which is her seventh ODI century, matching Raj’s record. After scoring 117 runs in the first match of the series, the talented left-handed batter maintained her excellent performance. Her consecutive centuries made her the first Indian woman to accomplish this in ODI cricket.

The game started slowly for Mandhana, as the South African bowlers kept her from scoring much during the first few overs. India’s Shafali Verma got out early, so Mandhana had to steady the innings. She carefully scored 19 runs in 40 balls before she started hitting more aggressively. Her calm playing style worked well, and she scored a century in just 103 balls, finishing with 136 runs in 120 balls.

Mandhana’s innings included 18 fours and 2 sixes, showing her skill in both steady scoring and quick runs. Her performance helped India reach over 200 runs before the 40th over, setting a solid base for a big total.

Harmanpreet Kaur, the team captain, supported Mandhana by also scoring a century in 87 balls. Their partnership was important in keeping up the pace and making it tough for the South African bowlers.

But, Mandhana got out in the 46th over after making 136 runs from 120 balls, trying to hit Nonkululeko Mlaba over the cover area.

India scored a huge 325 runs for the loss of just three wickets in 50 overs, thanks to the hundreds made by Mandhana and captain Kaur.

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