[caption id="attachment_794870" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-794870" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Smriti-Mandhana.jpg" alt="Smriti Mandhana" width="628" height="355" /> Smriti Mandhana (Credit: ICC)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/smriti-mandhana">Smriti Mandhana</a> has started 2019 on a terrific note, hitting her fourth ODI century, leading <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/India-women">India women</a> to a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/1st-odi-mandhana-spinners-lead-india-womens-nine-wicket-rout-of-new-zealand-794854">crushing nine-wicket</a> win against New Zealand in Napier on Thursday. <p></p> <p></p>Mandhana scored 105 off 104 with nine fours and three sixes. Her century combined with fellow opener <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Jemimah-Rodrigues">Jemimah Rodrigues</a>' unbeaten 81 off 94 helped India hunt down 193 in 33 overs as they took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. <p></p> <p></p>For her innings, the 22-year-old was declared as the player-of-the-match. "The wicket was great to bat on. We played according to the merit of the balls and it was a great innings," said Mandhana who was chosen as ICC's women's cricketer of the year. <p></p> <p></p>Captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/mithali-raj">Mithali Raj</a> also praised her knock saying the youngster's form does give his team confidence and that a lot of players look up to her "I think it's great to start the series with a win and wonderful to see openers get an over 100-run partnership," Mithali said. "I think lot of girls do look up to Mandhana. She had a great 2018 and she is continuing and it gives a lot of confidence to the dressing room." <p></p> <p></p>Despite a dominating win, Mithali has a word of caution for her teammates. "But easy catches should have been taken. We are definitely not overconfident," she said.