The Hundred: Smriti Mandhana secures victory for Southern Brave

Last update on.From The HundredWomen's Hundred Sophia Gardens Welsh Fire 110-7 (100 ball): Matthews 33 (20); Bell 2--19 Southern Brave 112-2 (84): Mandhana 61-43 (99) Southern Brave won with 8 wickets ScorecardSmriti Mandhana, India's star, led Southern Brave to victory over Welsh Fire in women's Hundred.Mandhana, who was dropped at 26 on Fire's wicket, made Fire's bowlers pay by hitting 61 out of 39 balls to lead her side in victory. She also scored a magnificent six to seal the deal.The fine performance of the unbeaten Brave with the ball and on the field meant Winless Fire managed 110-7 from 100 balls.It was the beginning of the end for the rest.Brave's game is changed by BellHayley Matthews, West Indies' batswoman, looked great for Fire early on - she scored six magnificent boundaries to get to 33 runs from 20 balls. Fire was moving at a faster pace than a run per ball.Enter Lauren Bell.The 20-year old fast bowler was nicknamed "The Shard" for his height. He combined swing and pace to get the ball moving through the air, changing the course of the game.Matthews had a thick edge and gave an easy catch to Amanda-Jade Wellington. Sarah Taylor was caught first ball by a full delivery which caught her lbw. Taylor looked at it and found it to be desperate.At 52-4, it left Welsh Fire in disarray. Bell changed the game and Fire never recovered.Another Sarah Taylor classic, another dayWelsh Fire didn't have much to cheer about throughout the day but Sarah Taylor was back at her brilliant best was something.Taylor has spoken out about her anxiety and has been away from cricket for a lot of it.She will be making her return to the sport in 2021, and today she reminded everyone of why she is so great when she puts on the gloves.Taylor's ex-teammate from England, Danni Wyatt played at a ball going down the leg side. Taylor got a thick edge. Taylor somehow held on to the ball with lightning fast hands while standing up to the stumps.You'd have missed it if you blink. Of course, Taylor never does.Chris Green, an Australian bowler, said on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport Extra that "that just shows why she's world-class and one of the greatest - if no better - wicketkeepers ever to have played the game."