Indian women’s team opener Smriti Mandhana on Tuesday altered the record books after scoring her 18th ODI half-century against South Africa in Lucknow. According to Hindustan Times, Mandhana slammed an unbeaten 80 off 64 balls in the second ODI as the Indian side registered a comprehensive 9-wicket win to level the five-match series at 1-1.
According to the publication, with this remarkable record, Mandhana has become the first-ever cricketer to smash 10 consecutive 50-plus scores in One Day Internationals while chasing. She went past New Zealand’s Suzie Bates who had nine successive 50-plus scores while chasing – a feat which she achieved between 2015 and 2017. No other cricketer, either male or female, has scored more than six 50-plus scores in consecutive ODI matches while chasing.
Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami in the early part of the match returned with figures of 10-0-42-4 and she was supported by fellow seamer Mansi Joshi (2/23) and left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (3/37) as India dismissed South Africa for a paltry 157 after opting to field. Mandhana and Punam Raut (62 not out, 89 balls) then shared an unbeaten 138-run partnership to help India defeat South Africa by 9 wickets.
After defeating South Africa by 9 wickets, Jhulan said her side managed to execute their plans well in the game.
“It was absolutely a team effort. We managed to execute our plans. Today was a much-disciplined bowling attack… In the first match, the performance was not up to the mark. In this match, whatever we planned, we managed to execute it,” Jhulan said in the virtual post-match press conference.