Mandhana slams 48 off 20 balls

Taunton: Heather Knight posted a superb match-winning 97 as defending Kia Super League champions Western Storm defeated Yorkshire Diamonds by seven wickets in a high-scoring contest at Taunton. Australia’s Delissa Kimmince posted an unbeaten 55 in her maiden KSL innings as Diamonds registered a competitive 162 for 5 after being put in to bat on a true pitch.

But that proved meat and drink to England captain Knight who, aided and abetted by overseas star Smriti Mandhana, guided Storm to a comfortable victory in front of their home crowd with 4.3 overs remaining.

Mandhana marked her debut with a hugely entertaining knock of 48, but it was Knight’s 62-ball innings that did most to seal victory, the 26-year-old accruing 13 fours and 5 sixes.

Having rushed to 48 via 20 balls, with 3 fours and 5 sixes, and dominated a stand of 80 in 7.5 overs with her captain, Mandhana missed out on a quickfire half century, driving a length ball from Davidson Richards straight to cover point.