Mithali Raj becomes the highest run scorer in women's one-day internationals

  • Mithali Raj becomes the highest run scorer in women's one-day internationals

Mithali Raj becomes the highest run scorer in women's one-day internationals

India needed in-form Raj in the 2002 World Cup, but the team's chances got hampered when she fell sick during the tournament. India's inability to bring to the fore their power-game at various stages during the course of the 157-run second-wicket stand between centurion Punam Raut and Mithali Raj, who became the leading run-getter in Women's ODIs, left them shortchanged.

In 1999, a young girl walked down to the crease at Milton Keynes only to score a hundred in her debut match against Ireland.

Australian Team Members: Rachael Haynes, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Alex Blackwell, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen, Nicole Bolton, Beth Mooney, Kristen Beams, Amanda Wellington, Sarah Aley, Ashleigh Gardner, Belinda Vakarewa. Later, Mooney was the second wicket to go down on the run out. Perry also scores an unbeaten half-century.

South Africa were third with nine points.

"I could get used to winning like this", Van Niekerk said. Shabnim Ismail took 3-14 as the Proteas held Sri Lanka to just 101 runs. She has now been to five World Cups, only one less than what Sachin Tendulkar has done. The intent was missing and they also looked lacklustre and lacked the zing.

At Derby: England 284 for nine in 50 overs (Tammy Beaumont 93, Natalie Sciver 129) bt New Zealand 209 in 46.4 overs (Suzie Bates 44, Amy Satterthwaite 35, Katie Perkins 43 n.o., Alex Hartley three for 44). Tammy Beaumont hit 93 as England scored 284 from their 50 overs.

The other match was a dead rubber between West Indies and Pakistan in which the Windies continued with a late rediscovery of form.

India didn't help itself, with a number of misfields costing them more than 20 runs, too many against a side with the batting potency of Australia.

Neither of the teams have yet qualified for the semi- finals but Australia are in a better position by virtue of a strong net run-rate. "There's been some very good cricket played, and every game from here on is going to be high- quality", Lanning said.

Lanning is continuing to receive daily treatment for her troublesome right shoulder injury but will definitely lead the side against India.

"They weren't outrageous shots but they were just trying to put the pressure back on Indian bowlers". Her team is hoping to join England, Australia and South Africa, who have already ensured knockout berths.

Perhaps, it may not be a bad idea to try former India captain and current Committee of Administrators member Diana Edulji's suggestion of playing four tweakers and spin a web around the New Zealand batters in their attempt to accomplish their first mission of entering the semifinal. Both are coming off losses but the edge would lie with the Kiwis.