Smriti Mandhana Western Storm Women's Cricket Super League Yorkshire Diamonds
Smriti Mandhana in action for Western Storm Getty Images

Smriti Mandhana dazzled on her debut in the Women’s Cricket Super League debut with a 20-ball 48, for Western Storm against Yorkshire Diamonds at County Ground, Taunton. Batting first, the Diamonds lost Beth Mooney and Chamari Atapattu inside the first 10 balls of the match. Then captain Laura Winfield (41), Alice Davidson-Richards (33), and Delissa Kimmince (55*) helped the Diamonds reach 162 for 5.

The target could have neem daunting, especially after Helen Fenby trapped Rachel Priest leg-before first ball. But captain Heather Knight joined Mandhana, and the pair blasted away to an 80-run stand in 41 balls, as good as sealing the match. Mandhana smashed three fours and five sixes in her half-an-hour stay at the crease. She eventually holed out to Winfield at cover-point off Davidson-Richards.

With a win 3 runs away and 3 to score a hundred, Knight hit Davidson-Richards to Kimmince at mid-wicket. There was little hurry, as Storm still had 28 balls in hand. A no-ball later, Stafanie Taylor finished things off.

Brief scores:

Yorkshire Diamonds 162 for 5 in 20 overs [Laura Winfield 41(29), Delissa Kimmince 55*(41), Freya Davies 4-0-28-2] lost to Western Storm 166 for 3 in 15.3 overs [Smriti Mandhana 48(20), Heather Knight 97(62); Alice Davidson-Richards 3.3-0-31-2] by 7 wickets with 27 balls to spare.

Player of the Match: Heather Knight.