Smriti Mandhana rewrote the record books in an unbeaten century against the Melbourne Renegades in Mackay, but it wasn’t enough to grab a win or keep the Sydney Thunder final aspirations alive.
Mandhana burst his way into 114 but 64 balls, chasing the Renegades 4-175, the highest individual score in WBBL history and becoming the first Native American to hit the Big Bash at the same time.
In the left-handed quick finish, Thunder achieved a significant victory against the ladder’s leading Renegades, but he was unable to reach the maximum required for Harmanpreet Kauri’s last delivery, as his team finished four runs apart from their competitors. 2-171.
The defending champion needed a shocking victory to keep their weak final hopes alive, and their chase began less than ideal when Sammy-Jo Johnson (12) and Phoebe Litchfield (1) fell into the power game.
Finding a solid partner in Tahlia Wilson (38 out of 39), Mandhana scored her third fifty point of the season with 33 balls.
Increasing Running Speed, 63 runs from the last five moves and Wilson unable to hit the ball, the Indian superstar found a new gear on the 18th run when he took 24 runs from Holly Ferling.
He moved to 83 with four draws and then hit the next six balls on the ground.
Driving up the deck opened a new frontier before another six flew through the hands of his compatriot Jemimah Rodrigues on the deep Wednesday frontier.
The quick duo lifted 57 balls of his century; Mandhana barely stopped to raise his racket, as 22 runs were required for the last two moves.
Renegades skipper Sophie Molineux kept her nerve and limited her 19th place to nine runs, and when 13 of the last run was required, Mandhana took the round of national skipper Kauri.
Mandhana benefited from two field errors but was ultimately unable to hit the final six required to achieve a famous victory.
In the past, the Renegades had to adjust to Mackay’s conditions quickly after they were sent to the club when they came from a 10-day break between matches and met the Thunder team’s tails upright after winning the Sydney Sixers.
Sam Bates (2-21) took Rodrigues (2) in the first set and Issy Wong (1-34) removed Carly Leeson (7) shortly after Kaur and Englishman Eve Jones were combined in the 91 run. to stand.
Jones (42 out of 33) remained for less than half a century, but Kauri could not be stopped as he struck two sixes and 11 fours on his way to an unbeaten 81 of 55 deliveries.
Jess Duffin hit a smart of 33 out of 22 and helped his team score 4-175.
Renegades returned to No. 1 with a win and stay in the box to get straight to the finals, with matches left against Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat.
The Thunder will not make it to the finals, but may still cause trouble for the Heat team, which is aiming for the home finals.