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AUS Women vs IND Women: Incredible experience representing India in pink-ball Test, says Smriti Mandhana

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AUS W vs IND W: Smriti Mandhana plays a shot during the pink ball test.© Instagram

India opener Smriti Mandhana on Monday said representing the country in the pink-ball Test against Australia was an incredible experience for her. Australia and India settled for a draw as time ran out on the final day in Carrara on Sunday. Both teams scored two points each, meaning Australia lead the multi-format series with 6 points in three T20Is, while India are at 4. “An incredible experience representing India in the Pink Ball Test. Brilliant performance by the entire team. Proud and grateful for the immense love and support. What a match it has been,” tweeted Mandhana.

Chasing 272 in the final session of the final day, Australia negotiated a draw despite losing two early wickets. India had the command in most of the Tests, but it was not enough to force a result as rain significantly reduced the number of overs in the first two days.

Smriti Mandhana was awarded the Player of the Match for her maiden Test century.

After the Test ended in a draw, Australia women’s cricket team coach Matthew Mott praised the Mithali Raj-led side for maintaining pressure throughout the game.

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“We knew India would be a big challenge for us, and we thought we’d be happy to win the toss and the wicket was green. We had a pretty good pace attack, but we probably missed our mark first. Hours and they went off to a really good start. From there we felt like we were lagging behind a bit,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Mott as saying.

“I thought India played really well. Mandhana’s innings was exceptional. But we were behind for the rest of the match and she kept all the aces, she earned the right to put us under pressure. And we never really got back in the game. Come,” he added.

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