Women’s World Cup: Mithali Raj scored 68 of 96 balls against Australia on Saturday.© AFP
Indian women’s team captain Mithali Raj equaled Debbie Hockley’s record of scoring over 50+ points in the Women’s World Cup after her brilliant half -century against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday. Mithali alongside Yastika Bhatia helped India recover from an early shot after Darcie Brown sent off both the opening goals, Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma, cheaply. The Indian captain played 68 shots to give his side the perfect base for a late attack. With her 68 -run shot, Mithali now has 12 50+ points in the Women’s World Cup – just like Debbie Hockley of New Zealand.
Former England captain Charlotte Edwards is third on the list with 11 50+ points in the marquee event.
Australian Karen Rolton (9) and New Zealand star Suzie Bates (8) complete the top five.
On Saturday, in the ongoing Women’s World Cup, Australia won the toss and put India into the bat. Mandhana and Shafali Verma were sent off in the first 10 overs but Mithali and Yastika added 130 runs for the third wicket to lead India’s return leg.
Both players reached their half-century to put India on a competitive total track.
Harmanpreet Kaur blasted 57 unbeaten while Pooja Vastrakar blasted 34 of just 28 balls as India recorded 277 for seven in their 50 overs.
For Australia, Darcie Brown is the bowler’s choice to take three wickets for 30 runs in eight overs. Alana King picked up two wickets while Jess Jonassen scored one.
Australia currently top the Women’s World Cup points chart with eight points from four matches. India are in fourth place with four points from many matches.
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