CWG 2022: Record-breaking feat for Smriti Mandhana in the Commonwealth Games

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CWG 2022: Record-breaking feat for Smriti Mandhana in the Commonwealth Games
CWG 2022: Record-breaking feat for Smriti Mandhana in the Commonwealth Games

CWG 2022: Record-breaking feat for Smriti Mandhana in the Commonwealth Games

CWG 2022: In the Commonwealth Games semi-final on Saturday against England, Smriti Mandhana broke her own record by scoring a half-century in just 23 balls.

The quickest half-century by an Indian women’s cricket player ever came from Smriti Mandhana in Saturday’s Commonwealth Games semi-final versus England. She smashed five boundaries in the first three overs and added five more before the end of the Powerplay.

India, who chose to bat first, got off to a flying start due to Mandhana. In the second over, she struck part-timer Alice Capsey for back-to-back fours before hitting Katherine Brunt for a few more fours in the third.

CWG 2022: Record-breaking feat for Smriti Mandhana in the Commonwealth Games
CWG 2022: Record-breaking feat for Smriti Mandhana in the Commonwealth Games

Mandhana walked down to force a pull over deep mid-wicket for her first six of the game as Issy Wong entered the attack. She needed just 23 balls to get her half-century in the powerplay’s final over.

The player beat her own record of a 24-ball fifty against New Zealand in 2019 to become the fastest Indian woman to get fifty in T20Is. In Mumbai in 2018, she also hit a second half-century from 25 balls in a match against England.

Fastest fifties by India women in T20Is
PLAYER BALLS TAKEN FOR FIFTY OPPOSITION YEAR
Smriti Mandhana 23 England 2022
Smriti Mandhana 24 New Zealand 2019
Smriti Mandhana 25 England 2018
Shafali Verma 26 West Indies 2019
Shafali Verma 26 South Africa 2021

Sophie Devine has the record for the quickest fifty in women’s T20Is, scoring it against India in 2015 in just 18 balls.

Mandhana’s astonishing 32-ball 61, which included eight fours and three sixes, was eventually dismissed in the ninth over.