Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

Mithali Raj first woman to slam fifty half-centuries in ODIs

Mithali Raj’s classy 109 – her first century in more than three years and also the first-ever against a top-three nation – was a perfect lesson on batting Mithali Raj first woman to slam fifty half-centuries in ODIs
Kayla Schwartz | 15 July, 2017, 19:41

Skipper Mithali Raj struck a sparkling century to help the Indian women's cricket team post a healthy 265/7 against New Zealand in the do-or-die final group tie of the ongoing Women's World Cup here on Saturday.

Mithali is by far the greatest ever woman cricketer to have emerged from India.

India vs New Zealand Women's World Cup 2017: India then produced a superb bowling display to dismiss the Kiwis for 79 in just 25.3 overs.

Centre of British Columbia closed off to recreation because of fire danger
Friday afternoon, fire crews are looking to prepare for winds across the central and southern Interior this weekend. Also in Williams Lake is a pumper truck and four fire fighters from the Peachland Fire Department.

India might boast of the world's leading ODI wicket-taker and run-scorer in their ranks, but as a unit they are struggling to function collectively. With the Indian bowlers tightening the noose, New Zealand never looked like winning the match. New Zealand's Debbie Hockley (1,501 runs), England's Janette Brittin (1,299 runs), Charlotte Edwards (1,231 runs) and Belinda Clarke (1,160 runs) are ahead of Mithali who recently achieved this feat.

During the Women's World Cup, her activity of reading before going out to bat has also caught the attention of fans. Openers Punam Raut and Smriti Mandhana have exactly two noticeable knocks each, but a dry spell otherwise has directly impacted the batting that follows. In 1999, she burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old with a hundred on debut against Ireland at Milton Keynes, an innings that still makes her the youngest ever ODI centurion. She scored 44 against West Indies but was out for eight against Pakistan - bringing an end to her golden run. Even as a majority of those wins have come against the minnows, it's also the venue where India did the unthinkable and stunned the now table-toppers England.

Leigh Kasperek of New Zealand finished with the best bowling figure of 3/45 in 10 overs. Mithali's father was in the Indian Air Force and he was the one who wanted her to become a cricketer.

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