Mandhana equals fastest half-century in women’s T20 cricket


India’s star batswoman Smriti Mandhana equalled the record for the fastest half-century in women’s T20 cricket during a Kia Super League encounter between Western Storm and Loughborough Lightning.

Mandhana equalled New Zealand’s Sophie Devine’s record of notching up a half-century in 18 balls, set against India during a T20 International back in 2015. The Indian blasted a 19-ball 52 overall. Mandhana also smashed the tournament record for fastest fifty as her team beat the league leaders by 18 runs in a curtailed six overs-a-side match on Saturday night. Ironically, Devine, who was in Mandhana’s opposite team, top-scored with 46 for her side but Storm restricted Lightning to 67 for no loss, inflicting their first defeat in three outings.PTI

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