Smriti Mandhana again played elegant innings in the Women’s Super League and guided the team towards fifth win out of seven outings. Her performance cruised the team closer to the final battle. She scored 48, 37, 52*, 43* and 102 in the recent outings for Western Storm in the Kia Women’s Super League. She slammed 338 from six innings and Lauren Field stood as the second best with 181 runs. There is a massive difference of 157 runs between both of these players. Lauren Field plays for Yorkshire team. She crossed the records of Stafanie Taylor of 2016 who slammed 289 runs, Rachel Priest’s record of 261 runs in 2017 for Western Storm. Smriti Mandhana stood as the first Indian woman cricketer to slam a joint fastest fifty in the shortest format of cricket.
In this context, the captain of Western Storm, Heather Knight said that “The team is full of confidence at the moment. The way we’re going about our cricket is really pleasing. The top of the order is obviously going very well, Smriti in particular. Smriti’s just effortless. She’s so pleasing on the eye, keeps it simple and hits it straight. Everything is going her way at the moment, even those ones that fall into gaps.”
The Western Storm team made a solid start in their chase of 173 runs. Mandhana made a stand of 101 runs along with Rachel Priest who scored 37 runs. Heather Knight slammed an unbeaten 45 runs in the chase and Western Storm won the game with 4 balls to go.
The Western Storm team won the championship in 2017 as well. The entry of Smrithi Mandhana is an asset for the team and she stood as the first Indian to sign a Premier League for women’s cricket earlier and Harmanpreet Kaur signed for Lancashire Thunders team.