Women’s team captain Mithali Raj scored an unbeaten 74, unbeaten 54 not out of Deepti Sharma and 53 by Smriti Mandhana, women’s team won the series 2-1 by defeating England in the third match. Guests of England won the toss and bat first and scored a respectable score of 201 runs on nine wickets, which India achieved in 45.2 overs on two wickets.
In this match, Mithali Raj made a new record in his name. She has so far become the world’s leading player of the match to play the most ODI matches. In this match, she made his 50th half century of his career. No player has been able to do such a thing so far in women’s cricket.
List of Players with most fifties in Women ODIs
|M Raj (IND-W)||1999-2018||194||175||50||6373||114*|
|C Edwards (ENG-W)||1997-2016||191||180||46||5992||173*|
|D Hockley (NZ-W)||1982-2000||118||115||34||4064||117|
|KL Rolton (AUS-W)||1995-2009||141||132||33||4814||154*|
|S Taylor (WI-W)||2008-2018||111||110||31||4230||171|
|B Clark (AUS-W)||1991-2005||118||114||30||4844||229*|
|E Perry (AUS-W)||2007-2018||97||75||25||2540||95*|
|A Blackwell (AUS-W)||2003-2017||144||124||25||3492||114|
|S Bates (NZ-W)||2006-2018||110||105||24||4041||168|
|S Taylor (ENG-W)||1998-2011||126||120||23||4101||156*|
|L Meightley (AUS-W)||1995-2005||82||78||21||2630||156*|
|E Drumm (NZ-W)||1992-2006||101||94||19||2844||116|
|S Taylor (ENG-W)||2006-2017||113||106||19||3786||147|
Mithali scored an unbeaten 74 in 124 balls with nine fours. This is 50th half-century in Mithali’s ODI. At the same time, Mandhana scored 53 runs off 67 balls with six fours before being retired. He scored his 10th fifty of ODI career. With this, he completed 500 runs in ODIs this year.
Mithali Raj's record half-century seals the series for India!
— ICC (@ICC) April 12, 2018
England Women 201/9 in 50 overs (Amy Jones 94, Heather Knight 36, Rajeshwari Gaikwad 2-32) lost to India Women 202/2 in 45.2 overs (Mithali Raj 74 not out, Deepti Sharma 54 not out, Anya Shrubsole 2-37) by eight wickets.
World’s first female player to play 192 matches
Earlier, Mithali Raj had set a new record in women’s cricket. Coming down to the one-day match against England, Mithali Raj added a new record to her name. He has become the first player in women’s cricket, who has played 192 ODIs. So far he has played 194 matches. World Cricket has not played so many matches so far. 35-year-old Mithali Raj played his first ODI match on 26 June 1999.
Mithali has so far scored 6373 runs in so many matches. She has 6 centuries and 50 half-centuries. Apart from this, he has played 10 Test matches and 72 T20 matches. The record of most ODI matches before them was the name of Charlotte Edwards.