A catch from the first Test match of the women’s cricket teams of India and Australia, which ended in a draw, is getting much applause from the fans. The incident happened on Sunday (the fourth day of the match). India’s star batsman Smriti Mandhana, who has scored a century in the first innings, is again seen in excellent rhythm. Then Australian player Ashley Gardner caught a surprise catch at the boundary line and ended his innings there.
Mandhana had scored 31 runs in 48 balls, Mandhana, who played an unmatched inning of 127 runs in India’s first innings, had scored 31 runs in 48 balls in the second innings. She was batting at a strike rate of 65 at that time, so it can be considered aggressive by the standard of Test cricket. hSe also scored 6 fours.
Mandhana tried to cross the boundary of Australian left-arm spinner Sophie Molyneux in the 18th over of India’s second innings. She also timed the shot very well. It looked like the ball would comfortably go for four runs with one bounce. But, Gardner had other intentions. After running for about 10 meters on the boundary line, she dived and took the best catch, and forced Mandhana to return to the pavilion.
India declared the match draw on the fourth day after scoring 136 for three in the second innings. By the end of the fourth and last day’s play, Australia scored 36 runs for 2 wickets and the match ended in a draw. The women’s Test match is for four days only. Due to rain in this match, the entire game could not be played for the first two days.