August 10, 2022
Smriti Mandhana is second only to Rohit Sharma in the elite T20I list of Indian openers


Indian batsman Smriti Mandhana on Wednesday became the second opener of her country after Rohit Sharma to reach 2,000 runs in T20I cricket. Mandhana achieved this feat in her match against Barbados during the ongoing cricket tournament at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. Although Mandhana’s stint at the crease was cut short when she was caught leg before wicket by Shanika Bruce for five off seven balls, she ended her innings with the record.

As an opener, Mandhana has scored 2,004 runs in 79 innings at an average of 27.45. He has scored 14 half-centuries at this venue with a best score of 86.

Rohit Sharma is also a prolific T20I opener for India. In his 96 innings as an opener, he has scored 2,973 runs at an average of 33.03. He has scored four centuries and 22 half-centuries at this venue with a best of 118.

In the Commonwealth Games 2022 so far Mandhana has scored 92 runs in three innings at an average of 46.00. His best 63* came against Pakistan.

Coming to India’s match against Barbados, Blue in Blue beat Barbados by 100 runs to secure their semi-final slot on Wednesday.

Opting to bat first, India put up a solid score of 162/4 on the board. Shafali Verma (43), Jemima Rodrigues (56*) and Deepti Sharma (34*) played some important innings for India. Shanika Bruce, Hayley Matthews and Shakera Selman took a wicket each for Barbados.

Chasing 163, Barbados kept losing wickets regularly and was 5/32 at one point. Barring Kishona Knight (16) and Shakira Selman (12*), none of the batsmen could touch the two-figure mark. His final score was 62/8 in 20 overs.

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Renuka Singh destroyed the Barbados batting with her spell of 4/10 in four overs. Sneh Rana, Radha Yadav, captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Meghna Singh took a wicket each.

India are second in Group A with four points from Australia, who have six points.

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