Indian opener Smriti Mandhana has created a new record on Tuesday by becoming the first cricketer, in both female and male category, to register fifty-plus runs in ten consecutive ODI matches. The youngster achieved the feat during the second ODI against South Africa in Lucknow.
Smriti Mandhana has been continuing her streak of half-centuries in ODI cricket since 2018. She broke the record of New Zealand player Suzie Bates, who held the record of smashing nine successive ODI fifty-plus runs. Mandhana’s previous ODI chases have recorded the scores 74, 63, 90*, 105, 73*, 53*, 86, 52, and 57 runs.
During Tuesday’s blockbuster match, Mandhana played a swashbuckling knock of 80 runs in 64 balls, including ten fours and three sixes, and remained unbeaten to successfully chase the target of 158 runs set up by the visitors. She opened her innings on an explosive note, hitting two sixes straight in the first two balls. She was comprehensively assisted by Punam Raut, with whom she stitched a partnership of 138 runs. Raut scored 62 runs off 89 balls.
India cleaned SA’s clock, winning the game by nine wickets in just 28.4 overs. With this victory, the hosts have levelled the series 1-1. The teams would next battle it out in the third ODI of the five-match ODI series on Friday in Lucknow.