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In Case You Missed It: Mandhana marks a milestone, the race for IPL playoffs heats up

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Smriti Mandhana's 127 is also the highest score by a visiting batter in women's Tests in Australia  •  Getty Images

Smriti Mandhana's 127 is also the highest score by a visiting batter in women's Tests in Australia  •  Getty Images

Smriti Mandhana made history in the first pink-ball Test between Australia women and India women as she scored her maiden Test century, her 127 the highest score by a India women's cricketer in Tests. India also began the week with a win in the final ODI, breaking Australia's 26-match winning streak in the format. Elsewhere teams are limbering up for the T20 World Cup, which begins in a little over two weeks, and the IPL playoffs loom, with Chennai Super Kings becoming the first team to make the cut. Catch up on the action is our weekly round-up.
At the IPL
Harshal Patel hat-trick caps comprehensive Royal Challengers Bangalore win
The RCB bowler notched only the third IPL hat-trick, picking up the wickets of Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar in a key win.
Deflected overthrow causes tempers to flare in Capitals-KKR match
R Ashwin found himself at the centre of another controversy when he urged Rishabh Pant to run on an overthrow that deflected off Pant. Eoin Morgan reportedly called it "disgraceful" but Ashwin says he had "no right to take moral high ground" on the issue.
How good or not has Eoin Morgan been as KKR captain? It's complicated
Jarrod Kimber says there have been a whole lot of factors at play that make the question difficult to answer.
India hold their nerve in record chase to end Australia's winning streak
Jhulan Goswami, who set the game up with 3 for 37, sealed victory with the bat in the final over, lofting Sophie Molineux down the ground for a winning four. It had been an intense 36 hours for Goswami, whose last ball no-ball had lost India the game in the second ODI.
'I was wasted, but in a good way' - Why Moeen Ali felt it was time to retire from Test cricket
The England allrounder, who announced his retirement from the longest format ahead of the Ashes, believes he could have batted like Ben Stokes given the chance to perform, but found he'd reached a point where he no longer felt "in the zone" while playing Test cricket.
Middle-and-off guards: ace or fad?
Cameron Ponsonby looks at a recent trend in English cricket - batters increasingly taking guard on off stump instead of the more traditional middle stump. Adam Hollioake, Mark Butcher, Graham Gooch and Rikki Clarke weigh in on the change-of-guard debate.
Has anyone had a longer first-class career after their final Test than Rikki Clarke?
And where does Chris Cooke's unbeaten 205 figure in the list of highest scores by a wicketkeeper-captain? County Championship trivia takes the lead in this week's Ask Steven.
Cricket needs to come together to extricate itself from a mess of its own making
Ian Chappell says the game in the time of Covid is already challenging and the international schedule urgently needs a re-evaluation.