INDW 281/3 (50.0 Ovs)
ENGW 246-all out (47.3 Ovs)
Mithali Raj has made it a habit now. As India marched on to their highest-ever total in and against England in their Women’s World Cup opener, their skipper made a few entries in cricket’s record books too.
Coming in to bat at No. 3, when India were cruising at 144 for 1, Raj built on the solid platform by the openers and notched up a 50-pus score in her seventh consecutive outing, setting an unprecedented record in women’s ODIs.
“It feels nice to get runs under your belt. It feels nice to get those runs for the team and the team does well in the World Cup. And I hope I continue to do that in the coming games,” Raj said on her run-making spree after the game.
Don’t be surprised if in a few days’ time you read another first against her name. The 34-year-old is only 148 away from being the first to the scale the 6000-run peak in women’s history. Way to go, captain!
Raj: “It’s important that you get a start like that. Brilliant p’ship between the two. Since I had batted in the first innings, I knew the wicket wasn’t assisting the bowlers. So it was important for the spinners to bowl in the right areas. Since both the batters were middling it well, it made sense to take the batting powerplay when they were set.”
Knight: “We expected a bit more from the pitch. India batted very well and made it tricky for us. We got a little bit short to her (Mandhana) but we pulled it back in the middle overs. But we lost a couple of wickets while chasing. We were definitely in the game for most of the part. Pleased for Wilson; she played well. I think it was a brilliant match. Credit to India – they outplayed us.”