Mithali Raj tops 20,000 career runs, scores fifth successive ODI fifty
- The Indian skipper completed 20,000 career runs over the course of this innings
- Mithali also took a blow on her head while batting
- Yastrika Bhatia also chipped in with an innings of 35 runs
India women cricket captain Mithali Raj on Tuesday played a 61-run knock but Darcie Brown's four-wicket haul helped Australia restrict India to 225/8 in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Harrup Park in Mackay. Apart from Mithali, Yastrika Bhatia also chipped in with an innings of 35 runs with the help of two boundaries.
It was Mithali’s fifth successive ODI half-century. It also dates back to the home series against South Africa in 2020. In the process, the Indian captain also scored her 59th fifty in this format apart from six centuries in 218 matches.
The Indian skipper also completed 20,000 career runs over the course of this innings.
Mithali also took a blow on her head while batting on 11 off the bowling of Australia’s Ellyse Perry.
Sent into bat, Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana provided a quickfire start as the opening duo put on 31 runs inside the first four overs. However, Australia stormed right back as Brown dismissed both Shafali (8) and Mandhana (16), reducing India to 38/2 in the sixth over.
Yastika and Mithali then got together at the crease and both batters put on 77 runs for the third wicket, but as soon as India started to gain an upper hand, the side lost the wicket of Bhatia (35) to Brown in the 26th over.
Deepti Sharma (9) failed to leave a mark with the bat, handing Brown her fourth wicket and India was reduced to 129/4 in the 31st over.
Mithali might have played a knock of 61 runs but her strike rate can once again be talked about as she scored runs from 107 balls and her innings was finally ended up by Sophie Molineux in the 38th over.
Molineux stumped Mithali and this brought Richa Ghosh and Pooja Vastrakar together at the crease. The lower-order was not able to contribute much, and in the end, India had to settle with a score of 225.
In the final overs, Richa Ghosh and Jhulan Goswami played cameos of 32 and 20 respectively.