The ace batswoman Smriti Mandhana on Sunday scored the fastest fifty ever scored by any Indian player in women’s T20I cricket. She achieved this in the opening innings against England in the third match of the ongoing women’s T20 tri-series at Brabourne Stadium.

India lost the opener against Australia. However, in this match they bounced back and scored their highest total in T20Is and the second highest in Women’s T20Is as well. Smriti stands tall as she has been performing brilliantly this year.

The 21-year-old Cricketer slammed an outstanding score of 76 off 40 balls and helped Indian women’s team settle for 198/4 against England. She batted 12 fours and two sixes during her knock.

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In 2016, after Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana had become the second player to sign on for the overseas Twenty20 franchise, the Big Bash League ( BBL). Again in the same year, she had become the only player from the country to be named in the Women’s Team of the Year 2016, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced.

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Indian women’s cricket team has a backbone – named opener Smriti Mandhana, who jumped 14 players to 21 in the rank after her latest player-of-the-series performance.

Of Indian women cricketers, the batting sensation performed exceptionally and was a crucial part of the team in the World Cup finals. Her batting performance has been India’s best till date. Arguably, these women’s remarkable fight has helped them garner a noticeable place in the top league and also occupying top spot in the women’s team rankings.

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