Smriti Mandhana shines bright as Southern Brave Women triumph in The Hundred Final

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In a captivating showdown, Southern Brave Women emerged victorious in The Hundred final, defeating Northern Superchargers Women by a substantial 34-run margin on Sunday, August 27. This triumph marked a historic milestone for the Brave as they secured their maiden title in the tournament. Having suffered defeat in the previous two finals against Welsh Fire Women, the Brave showcased their resilience and determination in their third attempt to seize the coveted trophy.

Opting to bat first, the Brave posted a competitive total of 139/6 within their allocated 100 balls. Danielle Wyatt displayed her prowess with the bat, leading the charge by contributing an impressive 59 runs off 38 deliveries, at a remarkable strike rate of 155.26. Wyatt’s innings was embellished with a six and nine boundaries, setting the tone for her team. Freya Kemp and Georgia Adams also played vital roles, adding 31 (17) and 27 (28) runs, respectively, to the team’s tally.

The bowling prowess of Kate Cross shone through for the Superchargers as she secured three wickets, conceding only 21 runs. Grace Ballinger and Lucy Hingham contributed with one wicket each in their pursuit to contain the Brave’s batting onslaught.

The Brave’s dominant display in the field further solidified their championship claim, as they dismantled the Superchargers for a total of 105 runs in 94 balls. Lauren Bell and Kalea Moore showcased their bowling acumen, scalping three wickets apiece to halt the Superchargers’ batting charge. Chloe Tryon also contributed significantly by bagging two wickets, while Captain Anya Shrubsole secured one wicket to contribute to the collective effort.

Although Smriti Mandhana’s contribution in the final was modest, with a quick 4 runs off 2 balls, her overall performance throughout the tournament was instrumental in her team’s journey to victory. Mandhana’s tally of 238 runs in nine matches, accompanied by two half-centuries, solidified her stature as one of the leading run-scorers in the tournament. Following the exhilarating triumph, Mandhana had the honor of lifting the championship trophy, a fitting reward for her stellar contributions to the Brave’s remarkable journey.

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