Rain halts Australian fightback after Mandhana's historic ton

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01 Oct 2021 | 12:04 PM
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Rain halts Australian fightback after Mandhana's historic ton

Australian bowlers claimed three quick wickets while rain washed out final session of Day 2 in the day-night Test on Friday

Australian bowlers fought back with three quick wickets to reduce India to 276/5 as thunderstorm and heavy rain washed out final session of the second day of the day-night Test at Gold Coast on Friday. Earlier in the day, opener Smriti Mandhana became the first Indian woman to score a day-night Test hundred and first from the country to score Test ton in Australia.

Mandhana, who scored 127 off 216 balls including 22 boundaries and a six, added an Indian record of 102 runs in Australia for the second wicket with Punam Raut (36). Ashleigh Gardner brought an end to the partnership when she got Mandhana caught at mid-off by Tahlia McGrath.

Skipper Mithali Raj joined Raut as the pair added 22 runs for the third wicket before Raut walked off in spinner Sophie Molineux's bowling. Umpire Phillip Gillespie turned down Australia's appeal for a keeper catch, who were surprised to see Raut walk off the pitch.

All-rounder Ellyse Perry's amped up the pressure late into the second session and got the wicket of Yastika Bhatia for 19 after Beth Mooney pulled off a stunning catch. Annabel Sutherland then ran out Mithali Raj batting on 30 as India lost half their side.

Deepti Sharma was batting on 12 and Taniya Bhatia was yet to score a run as the players walked off the field and the covers were brought less than 20 overs after dinner.

Brief scores: India 276/5 in 101.5 overs (Smriti Mandhana 127; Sophie Molineux 2/28).

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