India’s opening batswoman Smriti Mandhana scored the fastest fifty for India in Women’s T20Is against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium in Wellington today (6 February 2019).
She took just 24 balls to score her half-century. While achieving this feat, the 22-year-old left-hander broke her own previous record of a fifty in 25 balls, which she made last year against England.
Coming on to bat to chase down the target of 160 set up by the Kiwis, Mandhana went after the bowlers immediately. In the course of her innings, the batswoman struck seven fours and three sixes.
SMRITI MANDHANA IS ON 🔥
The @BCCIWomen opener brings up her seventh T20I fifty off just 24 balls! It’s the fastest T20I half-century by an Indian woman!
— ICC (@ICC) February 6, 2019
She was finally dismissed for 58 runs in 34 balls when she tried to hit a slow delivery from Amelia Kerr for a six. A brilliant one-handed catch in the deep by Hannah Rowe cut short her innings.
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Smriti Mandhana is the top-scorer in 3-match ODI series against Kiwis
Mandhana was also the top scorer in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand in which she scored 196 runs in three innings. She was also given the Man of the Series award for her performance.
— Cricket24.com (@Cricket24_COM) February 6, 2019
Among all the women players, Mandhana is at the 6th position in the list of fastest fifties. The record for the fastest fifty in women’s T20I cricket is held by New Zealand’s Sophie Devine. She set the record in 2005 against India when she blasted an 18-ball fifty.
Australia’s Alyssa Healy stands at the second spot. She has scored the second fastest fifty of 21 balls against Ireland. Sophie Devine is again at the third position too for her fifty of 21 balls in the World Cup in the Caribbean land last year. West Indies’ Deandra Dottin holds the fourth place for her fifty of 22 deliveries back in 2009. Another Kiwi, Rachel Priest is placed at the fifth position for her fifty in 22 balls. Mandhana is placed 6th.
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