Mithali Raj raised her 59th ODI half-century on Tuesday.© Instagram
The Indian woman’s one-day match, Mithali Raj, covered 20,000 runs in her cricket career on Tuesday. She achieved the feat in the running first one-day match of the three-match series against Australia at Harrup Park in Mackay. The Indian captain played 61 runs off 107 balls and she helped the visitors place 225/8 in the allotted fifty overs. Mithali is already the top scorer in international women’s cricket in three forms of play. Mithali became the highest scorer in international cricket during the tour of England earlier this year.
Mithali had earlier beaten a 61-run run, but Darcie Brown’s four-wicket wicket helped Australia narrow India to 225/8.
Apart from Mithali, Yastika Bhatia also converted with a turn of 35 runs using two boundaries. Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana, who were hit in the spot, quickly started flying when the first duo scored 31 runs in the first four overs.
However, Australia came back immediately when Brown sacked both Shafali (8) and Mandhana (16), which reduced India to 38/2 in the sixth over.
Yastika and Mithali then came together at the fold and both batsmen scored 77 runs for the third wicket, but once India gained the upper hand, the team lost the wicket of Bhatia (35) in the 26th over for Brown.
Deepti Sharma (9) did not leave a mark with the bat, and Brown gave her fourth wicket and India were reduced to 129/4 in the 31st over.
Mithali may have played a shot of 61 runs, but her pass rate can be talked about again as she scored these runs of 107 balls and her innings eventually ended by Sophie Molineux in the 38th over.
Molineux stunned Mithali, bringing Richa Ghosh and Pooja Vastrakar together. The lower order could not contribute much, and in the end India had to finish with 225. In the last over, Richa Ghosh and Jhulan Goswami play 32 and 20 respectively.
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