India Women’s ODI skipper and batswoman, Mithali Raj, crossed the 20,000-run mark in her career during the first ODI against Australia. She achieved the feat during her knock of 61 in the first innings.
During the women’s last tour of England, Mithali had become the highest overall run-scorer across all three formats. She has another feather in her cap now, having become the first to breach the 20k barrier. The 61-run knock was also Mithali’s fifth consecutive fifty in the ODI format.
The 38-year-old unfortunately ended up on the losing side as her effort wasn’t enough to set up a winning total for India. On the back of her innings, India managed to scrape through to 225/8 in their stipulated 50 overs.
Debutant Yastika Bhatia gave a good account of herself during her 35-run knock. The side was struggling to get past 200 but a late burst from the teenager, Richa Ghosh, and veteran, Jhulan Goswami, saw India put up a decent total.
Australia openers steal the limelight from Mithali Raj to record 25th consecutive ODI victory
The total was never going to trouble the fancied Australian batting line-up. The openers, Rachael Haynes and Alyssa Healy set out in their quest to overhaul the target. While the former played the role of second fiddle, Healy blazed through to a fifty before being dismissed for 77.
Their 126-run opening stand was broken by Poonam Yadav, and it was also the only wicket that fell in the innings. Haynes carried on in the company of skipper, Meg Lanning. They were watchful after Healy’s wicket but established authority soon after.
Lanning got to her fifty while Haynes made an unbeaten 93 to take the Aussie women home. This was also their 25th ODI victory in a row, and they’re set to continue their streak in the form they are in. It was a thoroughly disappointing day for India and they will have to regroup before the series is lost.