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Smriti Mandana first Indian woman to score a pink-ball century

This was the first time India was taking part in a pink ball Test.

Smriti Mandana first Indian woman to score a pink-ball century
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Smriti Mandhana (source-espncric nfo)

By

C.C. Chengappa

Updated: 12 March 2022 9:06 AM GMT

Smriti Mandhana has become the first woman to score a fifty for India in a pink ball test match. After 19 overs, India was 81/0 with Smriti Mandhana having gone past the 50 run mark in the opening partnership. Along with her was Shafali Verma who was complimenting Smriti very well with a consistent knock.

It was at the 15th over that Smriti drove a boundary home on the last ball with a brilliant shot. Incidentally, Smriti was dropped at 81/0 by Annabel Sutherland. This of course will cost the Australians majorly if the Indian opener goes on to score a century.

The relevance of this score is that this is the first time India is taking part in a pink ball test. They have also never met Australia since 2006 so the relevance of this test series is immense for the participants and winners. The only players who were a part of the 2006 test series are veterans Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj.

With this century Smriti has also set the record for being the first Indian woman to score a test match century in Australia.

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