Smriti Mandhana continued her rich vein of form as she smashed 80 off 64 balls to help India beat South Africa on Tuesday in the second ODI and level the five-match series in Lucknow. Her breathtaking innings were laced with 10 fours and three sixes. During her knock, she also created a new world record.

She became the first-ever cricketer to hit 10 consecutive fifty-plus scores in ODI cricket while chasing. She has scored 50+ runs in every ODI chase starting from 2018.

She edged New Zealand star Suzie Bates – who has none fifty-plus scores while chasing and held the previous record. Bates did it from a period spanning from 2015-2017. Mandhana’s glorious run started in 2018 when she smashed 67 runs off 53 deliveries against Australia Woman in Vadodara.

After that, she has registered scores of 52, 86, 53*, 73*, 105, 90*, 63, 74, and 80*.

Mandhana is not new to records. She debuted as captain in international cricket and became the youngest captain for India in T20Is at the age of 22 years 229 days.

Meanwhile, India beat South Africa by nine wickets. The win will give them immense confidence with three ODIs to go. The team can now treat this as a three-match ODI series.

Jhulan Goswami – who picked up four wickets in the match – was awarded the player of the match award.

“We didn’t discuss the defeat much. We wanted to focus on the basics and get back to shape as quickly as possible. We worked on the basics and it showed on the field,” said Jhulan Goswami.

Meanwhile, in a bid to promote women’s cricket in the country – BCCI Secretary Jay Shah announced a one-off Test match against England. The match would be played later in the year. The apex cricket body has looked to spread the women’s game and that is a positive step towards building a good cricket atmosphere in the country.