Australia blast past India and into Women's Cricket World Cup semi-finals

Violet Tucker
July 13, 2017

In the process, she became the highest run-scorer in Women's ODI's and also became the 1st to score 6,000 runs.

In a crucial match against Australia, captain of the Indian women's cricket team Mithali Raj added yet another feather to her cap.

She took two catches against England on Sunday and scored 40 despite being in discomfort, but said she is ready to play.

Meanwhile, opposition skipper Meg Lanning lauded her bowlers and said that Australia has set their sights firmly on the World Cup.

And need we mention, she's the highest run-getter for India in WODI's and WT20Is.

At the tender age of 17, Mitahli made her ODI debut in June 1999 against Ireland. Starting from February 7, 2017, she hit seven consecutive half-centuries - a hot streak that ended when she fell for 46 against West Indies in Taunton at the ongoing world cup. She scored a match-winning century in the match.

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Mithali's average is better than Tendulkar as well clocking 51.52 compared to the latter's 44.83.

Their efforts saw Australia home with five overs to spare, and India captain Raj reckons based on Lanning's potential, her new record may not stand for long. Since then, Kiran Baluch (242 against Windies) of Pakistan has surpassed her achievement. "Her longevity and resilence to carry on is an inspiration for both men and women", said Gavaskar.

Schutt grabbed her second in the final over when she bowled Sushma Verma for six. The International Cricket Council (ICC) also congratulated the India women's captain.

It's a journey that started nearly two decades ago when a 16-year-old girl packed her cricketing equipment along with her textbooks to Milton Keyes, Ireland, to smash a century on ODI debut.

In 2003, Raj received the Arjuna award for her outstanding performance in cricket.

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