Smriti Mandhana. (Source: Twitter)

Indian batsman Smriti Mandhana created history by scoring a stormy century in the Women’s Big Bash League match played on Wednesday (November 17). Playing for Sydney Thunder in the match against Melbourne Renegades, Mandhana scored an unbeaten 114 runs in 64 balls with the help of 14 fours and 3 sixes, batting at a strike rate of 178.12.

During this, she completed a century in just 57 balls. In the 18th over of the innings, Mandhana completed her century by scoring 4,6,4,6,2 runs in the first five balls. Mandhana is the first player from India to score a century in this tournament.

Mandhana has become the second player in Australia to score a century in three formats. Before her, Australian all-rounder Alyssa Perry has done this feat. Madhana had earlier scored 127 runs in 216 balls in Day-Night Test in 2021 and 102 runs in 109 balls in ODIs in 2016.

However, this innings of Mandhana could not win the Sydney team. In reply to Melbourne’s 175, Sydney could only manage 171 runs in the allotted 20 overs for the loss of 2 wickets. Sydney needed 13 runs to win in the last over, but Harmanpreet Kaur did not let them reach the threshold of victory with a superb bowling.

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