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Twitter erupts as Smriti Mandhana scores a magnificent century against South Africa

Mandhana scored 135 off just 129 deliveries with 14 fours and a solitary six.

Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana. (Photo Source: Twitter)

While Indian Men’s team is rocking in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa, the Women’s team led by Mithali Raj is also not behind. They thrashed the home side in the first of the three-match ODI series by 88 runs. The second ODI is currently in progress and Smriti Mandhana has struck a magnificent century to back up her 84-run knock in the opening game. However, Twitterati is following the game closely despite it not being telecasted and flooded in their tweets praising the left-handed opener.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl first with an aim to level the series. The opening duo of India Women Smriti and Punam Raut started off cautiously once again and added 56 runs for the first wicket. Mandhana looked confident in her strides as she was coming off a big score in the first game of the series. She just continued in the same vein even after her partner was dismissed in the 13th over.

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Mandhana torments Proteas

Smriti Mandhana built her innings perfectly after the end of the powerplay and rotated the strike even as her skipper Mithali Raj endured a rare failure. She was then joined by Harmanpreet Kaur who played a perfect supporting role to her. Smriti, meanwhile, also notched up her second consecutive half-century of the series and looked hungry for more runs. There were no shortcomings in her technique and pounced on the loose deliveries offered by the opposition bowlers.

Eventually, she brought up the third century of her ODI career in the 40th over by scoring a couple of runs off Marizane Kapp’s bowling. Also, she became the only Woman Cricketer in the world to score centuries in Australia, England and South Africa. She opened up her arms after reaching the milestone and began smashing the ball all over the park. Smriti even scored 28 runs off Ayabonga Khaka in which she pummelled the bowler for four boundaries and a six.

She was dismissed in the 44th over by Raisibe Ntozakhe in the end for a stellar knock of 135 runs off just 129 deliveries with as many as 14 fours and a solitary six. India Women, banking on her century, posted a hefty total of 302 runs for the loss of three wickets as Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy piled on the agony for the hosts.

Twitter was delighted to get the news of Mandhana’s century and hailed her for her impeccable knock. They also rued the fact that the match wasn’t shown live and has already thrashed the broadcasters and the BCCI for the same after India won the first ODI.

Here’s how they reacted:

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