Smriti Mandhana stamped her class at Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium on Friday as she hit her maiden hundred in the Test format in the ongoing day-night Test between Australia and India.
Left-handed Indian opener Mandhana, who was unbeaten on 80 after rain washed out a majority of the opening day of the match, reached the milestone with a boundary off Ellyse Perry in the afternoon session on the second day, taking 170 deliveries to get to the milestone. It was only the 13th instance of an Indian bringing up the three-figure mark in women’s Tests.
The Sangli native has played a key role so far in the Indians dominating the Test — their first pink-ball match — so far as she attacked the Aussie seamers from the very outset after Meg Lanning opted to field on Day 1. She cracked 22 fours along with a six off Tahlia McGrath before getting dismissed by Ashleigh Gardner to depart for 127 — the seventh-highest score by an Indian in women’s Tests.
Let us take a look at some of the reactions to Mandhana’s fabulous knock:
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) October 1, 2021
Well that is superb, Smriti Mandhana. I remember seeing her for the first time in the 2014 Test against England at Wormsley and being blown away by how good she looked. She now looks even better and has a Test century to her name. Bravo! #AUSvIND — Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) October 1, 2021
Smriti Mandhana is out after a brilliant innings. Scoring 127 (216). Well played. Gardner gets the wicket. #AUSvIND
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) October 1, 2021
Fantastic just fantastic from @mandhana_smriti pink ball 100 and one that will always be remembered with fondness. Setting up the game. Well played. @BCCIWomen — Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 1, 2021
Woke up to Smriti Mandhana scoring a century.
Can’t think of a better morning alarm.
What tremendous knock.#AUSvIND
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) October 1, 2021
1st Indian woman to score a century in Australia 1st visitor (non-English) to score a 100 in Aus All in a #PinkBallTest where the closest to practice before the series was carrying a ball in her kit bag. If #SmritiMandhana isn’t the definition of swag, I do not know who is. pic.twitter.com/AqJtCu87ac — Lavanya L Narayanan (@lav_narayanan) October 1, 2021
The Queen in Queensland… Smriti Mandhana!
Test 💯 down under 🙌🏽👊🏽
Composed, fabulous knock @mandhana_smriti
— Suhail Chandhok (@suhailchandhok) October 1, 2021