QUEENSLAND: In the unprecedented day-night pink-ball Test match against Australia, India’s opening batter Smriti Mandhana smashed her maiden Test century. Mandhana made history by becoming the first Indian woman to score a century in a day-night Test match. On Day 2 of India’s first pink-ball Test in Queensland, she reached her century with a short-arm pull shot off Ellysse Perry in the 52nd over.
Mandhana also made history by becoming the first Indian woman to strike a century in a Test match in Australia.
Perry had overstepped, and Mandhana would have retired without adding to her overnight scores of 80 in the second over of Day 2. Replays revealed that the catch may have been questionable as well.
Mandhana, on the other hand, immediately shook off her nerves and went about her work. Like the first day, the boundaries began to pour from her bat.
India passed 150 for the loss of just one wicket, thanks to Mandhana and Punam Raut.
On Day 1, Mandhana contributed 93 for the opening stand with Shafali Verma (31 off 64 balls), who played second fiddle during their partnership. Mandhana had hammered the off-side field with some stunning drives to reach 80 off 144 balls with 15 boundaries.
The second session was mostly washed out, however, Mandhana improved her previous best of 78 runs by 16 runs.
Tahlia McGrath was dragged for a six-over deep square leg before driving the same bowler over mid-wicket for a boundary.
Punam Raut (16 batting, 57 balls) has joined her for the unbroken second-wicket stand, which has contributed 39 runs.
The choice by the Australian side to field first after preparing a green strip for the visitors appeared to backfire, as Mandhana attacked them right away during the opening hour of play.
It was a case of role reversal that took the Australians off guard, as Shafali preferred to play a defensive game while her senior partner went all out to attack.
When Mandhana cut between point and cover, cover, or mid-off, it was a sight to behold.
Shafali, on the other hand, hit four boundaries but also looked shaky and gave up two opportunities, one to Meg Lanning in the slips, who made a quick catch, and the other to Annabel Sutherland at mid-on.
McGrath was awarded a sitter at mid-off after she was caught attempting to strike left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux on the turn.