Indian opener Smriti Mandhana continued her rich vein of form in the ongoing Women's Cricket Super League. She scored a blistering 61-ball 102 to help Western Storm register a convincing 7-wicket victory over Lancashire Thunder at Old Trafford, Manchester on Friday (August 3).
After being put into bat, Lancashire rode on Amy Satterthwaite’s unbeaten 85 to post a competitive total of 153/7 in their stipulated 20 overs. Chasing the target, Mandhana made the mockery of Thunder’s bowling attack. Her unbeaten knock was laced with 12 boundaries and 4 sixes.
Storm were struggling at 47/2 before Smriti and Stafanie Taylor shared a 105-run stand for the third wicket. Satterthwaite got rid of Mandhana in the penultimate over but the damage has been done by then. Stafanie (33 off 34 balls) along with Fran Wilson then saw the side home with 10 balls to spare.
This was Mandhana's first T20 hundred in franchise cricket. She is only the second India batswoman after Mithali Raj to score a T20 hundred.
Mandhana has been in fabulous form all through the tournament, having amassed the scores of 48, 37, 52* and 43 in the first four games. With 282 runs to her name, Smriti is the leading run-scorer in the competition thus far.
The Western Storm are currently placed at the second position on the points table with 4 wins in 5 games. They will take on Yorkshire Diamonds in their next clash on Sunday (August 5).