Bhubaneswar: With a patient knock of 86, which included 11 boundaries, opener Smriti Mandhana steered India to a competitive 274 for 7 against Australia in the second women’s ODI of the three-match series in Mackay on Friday.
Batting coach Shiv Sunder Das on Thursday had promised a different approach by scoring at least 60 runs during the powerplay to counter Australian bowlers. He had also backed the out-of-form Mandhana’s “ability to get the runs.”
This was her 19th half-century.Mandhana shared two crucial partnerships, 76 runs with Richa Ghosh (44) and 74 runs with Shafali Verma (22) before a catch at the point ended her innings.
It is the highest total scored against Australia since their 25-match winning streak started in 2018.
This is how the Twitterati celebrated her comeback.
Keep It Up Smriti Mandhana…!!!
— Ozahub (@ozahub) September 24, 2021
— PRAYAS™❣️DHONI🦁 #whistlepodu (@cricloverPrayas) September 24, 2021
— 👑 ABHISHEK BHARDWAJ 👑 (@_ABHISHEK_ABHI) September 24, 2021
— Nani Godatha (@GodathaNani) September 24, 2021
What the fudge! 😭💔
Why does this Girl always get out on 80’s and 90’s kya problem hai dost tujhe Smriti se?🙂
Proud of you Smriti you made everyone proud, and fulfilled the expectations of the team and Skip! 🥺🙇🏻♀️
— Hiya Shah (@jemi_smriti_fan) September 24, 2021
— Basrani Dev (@MSDIAN___DEV) September 24, 2021
— NIK #JustAFan (@nikhikalpita) September 24, 2021
— Aishu (@imaishuriya) September 24, 2021