Incredible experience representing India in pink-ball Test, says Smriti Mandhana

India opening batter Smriti Mandhana on Monday said that it was an incredible experience for her to represent the country in the pink-ball Test against Australia.
Image Courtesy: ANI
Image Courtesy: ANI

India opening batter Smriti Mandhana onMonday said that it was an incredible experience for her to represent thecountry in the pink-ball Test against Australia. "An incredible experiencerepresenting India in the Pink Ball Test. Brilliant performance bythe entire team. Extremely proud and grateful for the love and support. What amatch this has been," tweeted Mandhana.

Australia and India settled for a draw as the timeran out on the final day in Carrara on Sunday. Both teams earned twopoints each, meaning Australia leads the multi-format series with 6points heading into the three T20Is, while India is on 4. Chasing 272runs in the final session of the final day, Australia negotiated adraw despite losing two early wickets. India held command in themajority of the Test but that wasn't enough to force a result as rain on thefirst two days significantly reduced the number of overs bowled.

Smriti Mandhana with her maiden Test ton wasawarded the Player of the Match. After the Test ended in a draw, Australia women'scricket team coach Matthew Mott praised the Mithali Raj-ledside for maintaining pressure throughout the game.

"We knew India would be a great challenge forus, and we thought we'd hit happy times winning the toss and the wicket had atinge of green. We had a very good pace attack, but we probably just missed ourmark in the first hour and they got away to a really good start. From there onwe just felt like we were clawing back a little bit," ESPNcricinfoquoted Mott as saying. "I thought India played reallywell. Mandhana's innings was exceptional. But we were behind for the rest ofthe match and they held all the aces, they earned the right to put us underpressure. And we never really got back in the game," he added.

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