Indian Women's Cricket Team captain Mithali Raj entered the record books becoming the leading run-scorer in women's ODI cricket.
Had she scored that one extra run, she would have reached the milestone in 62 innings, the equal-fastest by any woman alongside Australia legend Belinda Clark. Both teams are well placed in the top half of the points table courtesy putting up a string of wins in their opening matches. Mithali scored 69 runs in 114 balls (1 six, 4 fours included) against Australia at the ICC Women's World Cup in England.
India and New Zealand were on eight and seven points respectively, with the victor of their final match tomorrow set to take the last semi-final berth. Noticeably, in her last 15 innings before the World Cup, Raj scored 833 runs at an average of 104.12.
Half-centuries from Meg Lanning (76 not out) and Ellyse Perry (60 not out), Lanning's typically busy and Perry's typically reliable, in a typically bruising unbroken partnership of 124 ensured Australia barely broke a sweat. Perhaps Raj's most remarkable stat, though, is that she has averaged over 40 in ODIs in 18 calendar years since her debut - the same number as Tendulkar managed over his own career. After a year or so, Sampath told that Mithali will not only go on to play for India but also break many records. "As a team, we have to step up, as if we perform again like this it will not be enough", said the India skipper.
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She took her third four-wicket haul as Sri Lanka was bowled out for 101, while South Africa made that in 23.1 overs for the loss of just two wickets. Losing wickets at regular intervals never helped India's cause and whenever they wanted to up the ante, they were set back.
"Somewhere we really have to upgrade the way we batted, especially the bowling unit and fielding department obviously because today the bowling unit didn't seem like they were effective or they were creating some opportunity".
Perry then joined Lanning and the took the ones and twos and occasional boundaries to keep the scoreboard ticking. Mithali was named among the probables in the 1997 World Cup when she was just 14 but the selectors were not sure of blooding such a young player.
Mithali not only surpassed this record but also became the first woman cricketer to surpass 6,000 runs.