Smriti Mandhana scored her maiden Test century against Australia women in a day-night Test last month.© Twitter
India opener Smriti Mandhana on Thursday said that she never thought she would be able to play the day-night Test. India played a pink ball Test against Australia last month and the game ended in a draw. Rain spoiled the game for two days, but the Mithali Raj-led side managed to put Australia under pressure. “Test matches are the best. I wouldn’t mind any test match, be it day or night, great experience playing in challenging conditions in England and Australia. The best part was not getting up early, joking , we did not.” Didn’t get much time to get used to it, we got only two days. I never thought I would get a chance to play a day and night Test,” Mandhana said during Red Bull Campus Cricket’s 10-year clubhouse season. The women’s version was announced for the first time.
“Playing Test matches day and night as an Indian player was a dream come true. We don’t get much chance to score an unbeaten 80 overnight, so it was a sleepless night, and I had to do it again the other day. Had to start over, so it was a unique but great experience,” he added.
Australia and India settled for a draw as time ran out on the final day in Carrara. 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.
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