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India vs Australia: Smriti Mandhana says she got lucky with the no ball while batting in 1st innings

Mandhana, who scored 127 off 216 balls, survived at the personal score of 80 when she sliced a full Ellyse Perry delivery straight to Beth Mooney at point but the bowler overstepped giving her a reprieve.

India vs Australia: Smriti Mandhana says she got lucky with the no ball while batting in 1st innings

Smriti Mandhana celebrates after bringing up her century in 170 deliveries on Day 2 of the day-night Test between India and Australia. Image credit: Twitter/@BCCIWomen

Gold Coast: Opener Smriti Mandhana on Sunday said luck favoured her to create history as she became the first Indian woman to score a century in a pink-ball Test and that too on Australian soil in the just-concluded lone Day-Night Test.

Mandhana, who scored 127 off 216 balls in India's first innings score of 377 for 8 declared, survived at the personal score of 80 when she sliced a full Ellyse Perry delivery straight to Beth Mooney at point but the bowler overstepped giving the southpaw a much-needed reprieve.

"Lucky with that no-ball on 80. That sort of cleared my mind after that I've got a chance I've to make it count," Mandhana said after the match ended in a draw due to inclement weather during the first two days of the four-day game.

Smriti Mandhana celebrates after bringing up her century in 170 deliveries on Day 2 of the day-night Test between India and Australia. Image credit: Twitter/@BCCIWomen

Smriti Mandhana celebrates after bringing up her century in 170 deliveries on Day 2 of the day-night Test between India and Australia. Image credit: Twitter/@BCCIWomen

Mandhana rated her innings in the top three in her career so far.

"It's definitely in the top three (asked to rate this hundred). First time playing a day-night Test, really happy that I gave good pace (start) to the team. Most nervous night I have ever had - after the first day," she said.

The left-handed batter said it was a privilege for her to represent India in Test cricket.

"To wear whites and go into the field is the top-most thing."

India women will now play Australia women in the three-match T20 series starting 7 October.

"We just have three days before the T20s. Rest for a day and get back to business with the T20s coming up," Mandhana said.

Updated Date: October 03, 2021 22:28:15 IST

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