Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur’s tons Propel India to Record ODI Total at Home

9

Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpeet Kaur have helped India to post a massive total of 325 runs in their 50 overs. Both the players smashed centuries as the women in blue posted their highest ever total in ODIs at home going past the 298/2 they had posted way back in 2004 in Dhanbad when the team’s top four batters had scored half-centuries.

Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur’s batting display

India faced South Africa in the second of a three-match ODI series at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. At the end of 23 overs, India were 100/2 and this is when Harmanpreet Kaur joined hands with Mandhana and both the players made South Africa toil hard.

Smriti Mandhana’s acceleration of run-scoring was fantastic as she changed gears at the right time to notch up her seventh century in just 84 ODI innings equalling Mithali Raj in this aspect. Kaur was also not behind as she took the toll on the visitors and finished the innings on a high. She also got to her sixth century in the final over the innings as India went past the 300-run mark for the first time at home in ODIs.

Mandhana also surpassed 7000 runs across formats, becoming the second Indian woman after Mithali Raj to achieve this feat. Kaur also is not far away with six centuries on the list.

Also Read: 10X Dot Balls, 2X Ducks: T20 World Cup 2024 Is a Bowlers Cup For a Change