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Smriti equals record for fastest women’s T20 fifty

Smriti equals record for fastest women’s T20 fifty

Mandhana, who is the first Indian to play in England's premier women's domestic T20 tournament, remained not out at 52 off 19 balls in his side's total of 85/2. Cricketers and fans from all around the world took to twitter to appreciate the powerful performance from Smriti Mandhana. Mandhana along with Racheal Priest, put on a 71-run opening stand in just 30 deliveries.

The 22-year left handed opener had played 42 T20Is matches for India and she scored 857 runs including five fifties so far. Typically forthright in her approach, New Zealand global Priest also opened up her shoulders, twice clearing the rope as Devine went for 19 in one over. She then unleashed a startling cover drive for four at the expense of Kirstie Gordon as Storm brought up fifty in the fourth over. Stafanie Taylor in 2016 and Priest in 2017 hit as many as nine sixes across seven innings.

Despite not losing a wicket and Devine scoring 46 off 21 balls, after striking three fours and four huge maximums, with Haynes 18 not out, the pair were unable to maintain Loughborough's unbeaten start to the campaign with holders Storm picking their second win of the season.

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Appreciating the need to break free, the progressive Devine did rather better against Knight's off spin, helping herself to a brace of sixes to keep Lightning in the hunt.

Elsewhere, there was no result at Guildford as the match between Surrey Stars and bottom club Yorkshire Diamonds was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain. The half-century came against Loughborough Lightning in the KIA Super League in England.