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WATCH: Smriti Mandhana smashes 18-ball 50 for joint-fastest record in women’s T20s

Smriti Mandhana remained unbeaten on 52 off 19 deliveries in a match that was reduced to six overs. Her blitzkrieg featured five fours and four sixes.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: July 30, 2018 4:16:10 pm
Smriti Mandhana, Smriti Mandhana fifty, Mandhana 50, Smriti Mandhana’s half-century is also the quickest in the Kia Super League. Source: (BCCI Twitter)

Smriti Mandhana blasted 50 runs in just 18 balls in the KIA Super League in Taunton on Sunday. Playing for Western Storm against Loughborough Lightning, Mandhana remained unbeaten on 52 off 19 deliveries. Her blitzkrieg knock featured five fours and four sixes. Incidentally, Mandhana, the first Indian to play in the KIA Super League (England’s flagship T20 tournament for women). With her whirlwind knock, Mandhana now holds the record along with New Zealand’s Sophie Devine. Mandhana’s half-century is also the quickest in the Kia Super League.

The match was shortened to six overs a side due to rain and the southpaw made maximum use of field restrictions to launch a brutal assault. Together with Racheal Priest, Mandhana forged a 71-run opening stand in just 30 deliveries. Mandhana’s strike rate was an astronomical 273.68

So far Mandhana has amassed 857 runs in 42 T20Is with a high score of 76 since making her debut five years ago. Earlier in March this year, Mandhana smashed a half-century in 25 balls for India against England.

Smriti later met Sangakkara and said it was a “fan girl” moment.

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