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‘Few sights better in cricket than when Smriti Mandhana is flowing’ – Smriti’s fifty in the CWG semi-final draws praise on Twitter

Smriti Mandhana played a pivotal knock for India in the Commonwealth Games semi-final against England. She smashed 61 off 32 balls at a strike-rate of 190, hitting eight fours and three sixes en-route to her 15th T20I half-century, and her second at the CWG. Her powerful innings put India on course to a hefty total, and they are currently batting on 100-3.

Smriti opened the batting alongside Shafali Varma, and dominated most of the strike within the powerplay. She raced to her fifty off just 32 balls, and got there in the sixth over with a pull of Sophie Ecclestone. Thanks to her brilliance, India reached a powerplay score of 64-0. Smriti and Shafali put on a 74-run partnership off only 47 balls.

Both oepners fell in quick succession soon after the powerplay. In the seventh over, Shafali holed out to Freya Kemp after a bottom edge gave an easy catch to Katherine Brunt. One over later, Smriti fell to Nat Sciver when an attempted scoop landed in then hands of shrot fine leg.

Smriti is currently the highest run-scorer in the Commonwealth Games, having racked up 153 runs from four innings. She averages 51 and has batted at a strike-rate of 156, easily the best among all six teams that are competing. During India’s match against Pakistan, she smashed an undefeated 63 to help India cruise to an eight-wicket victory.

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