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Smriti Mandhana Reaches Significant Milestone; Becomes First Women Cricketer In The History To Reach 'This' Record

image-lkxoosltSmriti Mandhana has been in fine form in The Hundred Women's 2023 (Twitter)

Indian opener, Smriti Mandhana set new records in the Women's Hundred 2023 on Friday, becoming the first player to reach 500 runs in the tournament.

Mandhana first to reach 500 runs in Women's Hundred

Her quickfire 70-run knock against Welsh Fire Women at The Rose Bowl was marked by 11 boundaries off just 42 balls. Tragically, her brilliant performance was overshadowed by Southern Brave's narrow loss by four runs.

Moreover, this was her fifth half-century in the tournament, making her the batter with the most fifties in Women’s Hundred. She has now outpaced her peers, including fellow Indian cricketer Jemima Rodrigues and England's star batter Daniel Wyatt, who have four half-centuries each to their names.

Mandhana’s journey in the Women’s Hundred with Southern Brave has been nothing short of spectacular. With 503 runs in 17 innings, the southpaw’s consistency is evident. 

Her 211 runs in the 2022 season made her the top scorer for the team, and her 167 runs in 2021 displayed her adaptability. The 2023 edition has seen her in scintillating form, scoring 125 runs in just two matches.

Meanwhile, Friday's match unfolded with drama and tension. Batting first, Welsh Fire set a challenging target of 165 runs, with Hayley Mathews scoring an excellent 65. In reply, Mandhana and Wyatt forged a 96-run partnership in 58 balls, setting the stage for a thrilling finish.

However, Wyatt's dismissal turned the tide, leaving Mandhana to carry the innings single-handedly. Her fighting stand, remaining unbeaten till the end, almost saw Southern Brave across the line, but the support from the other end was missing. 

The team fell painfully short by 4 runs, making the loss even more bitter considering Mandhana's monumental effort.