Rain brings an early end to Day 2 after Smriti ton
Rain played spoilsport once again, bringing a premature end to the second day’s play in the one-off Pink Ball Test between Indian women and Australian women here on Friday.
GOLD COAST: Rain played spoilsport once again, bringing a premature end to the second day's play in the one-off Pink Ball Test between Indian women and Australian women here on Friday.
India were cruising at 276/5 when the umpires called off play for the day, following a century by opener Smriti Mandhana, the first ton by an Indian woman player in Australia when heavy rain stopped play. It continued to rain for the next hour or so thus. The umpires inspected the ground at 8.45 pm local time but it was not possible to start play as the outfield needed more than a few hours to dry. Only 57 hours were bowled today in which India added 144 runs for the loss of four wickets.
Earlier, Smriti became the first woman from the country to hit a century on Australian soil in Test cricket during the first session on Day 2. The 25-year-old Smriti, who was 80 not out overnight, maintained her composure and took 171 balls to slam her maiden Test century.
The southpaw brought up her century with a short-arm pull shot off Ellesse Perry in the 52nd over. She later got out after scoring 127 off 216 balls, which included 22 boundaries and a six at the Carrara Oval. IANS