Ace batswoman Smriti Mandhana on Sunday scored the joint-fastest T20 half century of all time in the KIA Super League. She achieved this along with New Zealand’s Rachel Priest during a match for Western Storm in a six-over game against Loughborough Lightning.
Mandhana reached the landmark as she took just 18 balls to get to her 50 in the match in Taunton. She quickly equalled the record of New Zealand’s Sophie Devine, which she achieved in 2015 against India in Bengaluru.
5️⃣0️⃣ for the incredible @mandhana_smriti!!!! Just 18 balls!!!!
— Western Storm (@_WesternStorm) July 29, 2018
Mandhana is one cricketer who has steadily made a mark in women’s cricket. The batswoman is the first Indian to feature in England’s flagship T20 tournament for women. She finished with an unbeaten 52 off 19 balls against Loughborough Lightning, creating a new record.
Congratulations to @mandhana_smriti. In a game shortened to 6 overs, she gets a half century in just 18 balls for @WesternStormKSL. It is also the quickest 50 in the Kia Super League. pic.twitter.com/KwtgXsuvQ4
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 29, 2018
On her debut, she almost pulled off the fastest fifty in KSL’s history. She smashed as many as five sixes and three boundaries in that innings. Earlier in March this year, Mandhana smashed 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 women’s T20 tri-series at Brabourne Stadium. On Sunday, Mandhanan’s side, the defending champions, won by 18 runs.
Kumar Sangakkara tweeted congratulating the star:
Watching @mandhana_smriti putting bowlers to the sword here at Taunton. She is brilliant to watch. Great ambassador and great skill
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) July 29, 2018
The 22-year-old has been gaining fantastic form in 2018. She recently captained the Trailblazers in the one-off IPL exhibition game. 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. Mandhana was also a crucial part of the team in last year’s World Cup finals.
Congrats to feisty player!