The historic pink-ball Test match between the Indian women’s cricket team and the Australian women’s cricket team began yesterday at the Carrara Oval. So far, the Indian women’s cricket team has had the upper hand in this Test match, thanks to a century from Smriti Mandhana. However, one other big talking point that has emerged from this match is the dismissal of Indian women’s cricket team batter Punam Raut.
Hosts Australian women’s cricket team won the toss and invited visitors Indian women’s cricket team to have a bat first. The fantastic duo of Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma opened the innings for the Indian women’s cricket team. They continued their excellent form from the Test match against the England women’s cricket team played earlier this year and stitched up an opening stand of 93 runs in 25.1 overs.
Verma departed to the dressing room after scoring 31 runs off 64 deliveries. Punam Raut then joined Mandhana in the middle and they had a brilliant partnership of 102 runs for the second wicket. Mandhana played the aggressor’s role in the partnership as she completed a historic hundred in pink-ball Test cricket. Playing her first-ever pink ball Test, Smriti aggregated 127 runs off 216 deliveries before losing her wicket to Ashleigh Gardner.
Punam Raut faced 165 balls and scored 36 runs
Number three batter Punam Raut faced 164 deliveries for scoring 36 runs, and on the 165th delivery of her knock, she edged a delivery from Sophie Molineux. The ball went straight into the hands of the wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy. The Aussies appealed. However, the on-field umpire said not out.
Punam Raut could have continued playing but she showed the Spirit of Cricket and walked. It is pertinent to note that there is no DRS available. You can watch the video here: