Smriti Mandhana belts WBBL record century but Sydney Thunder still miss final after loss to Renegades

Smriti Mandhana matched the record for the highest Women’s Big Bash League score, but was unable to lift her Sydney Thunder in the final.

She had to hit a sixth of the last ball against the Melbourne Renegades in Mackay on Wednesday night to keep Sydney in the final chase, but could not under the last delivery of Indian teammate Harmanpreet Kaur.

Mandhana’s single from the last ball took her to 114 of 64, tying Ash Gardner’s 2017 hit, although the Sydney Sixer reached the mark in 52 balls.

Mandhana’s gallant innings included three sixes and 14 fours and left the Thunder needing 13 runs in the final over, but Kaur kept it to just eight.

Kaur was the hero with a bat and ball for the Renegades, taking 1-27 from her four overs after zoning 81 of 55 in the first inning.

Kaur moved into second place during the race tally for the season with 390, behind Beth Mooney of Perth on 497, with Mandhana fourth on 348 and Jemimah Rodrigues the third Indian import in the top 10, with 295.

The four-run win sent the Renegades back to the top of the ladder and dropped the Perth Scorchers back to second after a 12-run win over the Adelaide Strikers earlier on Wednesday.

The Scorchers are just behind the Renegades after a 137-run open partnership between captain Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney laid the platform for their win over the Strikers at Adelaide’s Karen Rolton Oval.

Playing in her 100th WBBL match, Mooney (78) hit 10 fours as she and Devine (61) penalized the strikers ’erroneous bowling attack to set a goal of 177.

Katie Mack (84 not out) tried her best in the chase but it wasn’t enough as the strikers finished on 5-165.

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