Giving a great kick-off to the Women’s World Cup 2017, Indian team created history by registering victory against England by 35 runs. The last time Indian team defeated that of England in Women’s World Cup was 12 years ago in 2005.
In the match held on Saturday, team England won the toss and invited India to bat. The amazing partnership of openers Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Raut gave India 144 runs in the innings, with Mandhana scoring 90.
Team captain Mithali Raj faced 73 balls to score 71 runs including 8 fours. Indian team gave the opponent a target of 282 runs.
However, team England could not meet the target and was all out at a score of 246 runs. The team had lost 3 wickets by the time it could score 67 runs. However, Fran Wills’ score of 81 runs deserves a mention. The credit for India’s win goes to the exceptional fielding performance of the players.
Apart from the historic win, another thing that made the match special for India was Mithali Raj’s record.
Raj is now the first cricketer in the world to score half-century consecutively in 7 One Day Internationals (ODIs). Her remarkable score of 71 runs on 73 balls also includes 8 fours.
This is not the only record the extraordinary player in our women’s cricket team has created. She has also scored a total of 47 half-centuries, which is the most scored by any international woman cricketer.
Also, in 178 games she played before this match, she had scored a total of 5852 runs making her the second woman cricketer to score more than 5000 runs in ODIs. Now, at the ongoing cricket tournament in Derby, the exceptionally fine player is on her way to be the first cricketer to cross the mark of 6000 ODI runs.