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PICS: India vs Aus women's Pink Ball Test, Day 2

Last updated on: October 01, 2021 17:53 IST
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IMAGES from Day 2 of the one-off Day-Night Pink Ball Test between Australia and India, in Gold Coast, on Friday.

Lightning is seen during a rain delay on day two of the Test match between Australia and India at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast on Friday

IMAGE: Lightning is seen during a rain delay on Day 2 of the one-off women's Test between Australia and India, at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast. on Friday. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

Rain wiped out a significant part of the second day's play after India opener Smriti Mandhana stole the limelight with a magnificent maiden Test hundred in the historic women's day/night match against Australia, in Gold Coast, on Friday.

 

India were 276 for 5 in 101.5 overs when lightning forced the players indoors a little after the dinner break. More than a session's play was wasted due to inclement weather, as lightning was followed by rain, rendering the outfield wet.

The Carrara Oval's excellent drainage system notwithstanding, play could not resume as the outfield needed more than a few hours to dry, even after the super-sopper was employed by the proactive ground-staff.

The umpires inspected the pitch at 8.30 pm local time before arriving at the decision to call off the remaining day's play, the second time after a similar experience during the opening day's play on Thursday.

India's Mithali Raj receives medical attention on the field 

IMAGE: India's Mithali Raj receives medical attention on the field. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

Deepti Sharma was batting on 12 and Taniya Bhatia was yet to open her account as the players walked off the field and covers were brought on.

Over 108 overs will be bowled on each of the last two days of the match. India lost two wickets in the second session, including that of skipper Mithali Raj for 30 and debutant Yastika Bhatia for 19.

Mithali, who was looking good for a big one, was run-out after playing a few lovely shots.

Smriti Mandhana bats en route her century on Day 2 of the pink-ball Test vs Australia in Gold Coast on Friday

IMAGE: Smriti Mandhana bats en route her century on Day 2. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

Earlier, Flamboyant opener Smriti Mandhana shattered a few records en route a magnificent maiden Test century as India progressed to 231 for 3 in the opening session on Day 2.

At the dinner break, India were strongly placed, having started the proceedings at 132 for one.

The 25-year-old Mandhana became the first Indian woman to register a century in day-night Tests and also the first from the country to reach three figures in the game's traditional format on Australian soil.

Mandhana scored 127 off 216 balls, with the help of 22 boundaries and a six, and added an Indian record of 102 runs in Australia for the second wicket with Punam Raut (36), continuing the good work after putting on 93 with Shafali Verma on a rain-marred opening day.

Australia's Ashleigh Gardner celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's Smriti Mandhana

IMAGE: Australia's Ashleigh Gardner celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Smriti Mandhana. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

She brought up her century with a short-arm pull shot off Ellysse Perry in the 52nd over.

Mandhana wouldn't have added to her overnight score of 80 in the second over of Day 2 but Perry overstepped. Replays showed that the catch too might have been debatable.

The India opener, however, overcame the early jitters and went about her business in a professional manner while playing some lovely shots, including a magnificent straight drive off Annabel Sutherland.

She looked set for more but was caught at short mid-off off the bowling Ash Gardner, after playing an uppish drive.

Raut walked off after a caught behind appeal despite the umpire not entertaining Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning's loud shouts.

Mithali Raj though got into the job straightaway, sweeping and driving Gardner for fours.

SCORECARD

India (1st Innings):

Smriti Mandhana c McGrath b Gardner 127

Shafali Verma c McGrath b Molineux 31

Punam Raut c Healy b Molineux 36

Mithali Raj run out 30

Yastika Bhatia c Mooney b Perry 19

Deepti Sharma batting 12

Taniya Bhatia batting 0

Extras: (B-2, LB-5, NB-1, W-13) 21            

Total: (for 5 wickets in 101.5 overs) 276

Fall of wickets: 1-93, 2-195, 3-217, 4-261, 5-247

Bowling: Ellyse Perry 18-3-54-1, Darcie Brown 10-0-49-0, Stella Campbell 6-0-31-0, Tahlia McGrath 15.5-3-39-0, Sophie Molineux 14-5-28-2, Ashleigh Gardner 22-10-26-1, Annabel Sutherland 11-4-25-0, Georgia Wareham 5-1-17-0.

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