Mithali Raj, the torch-bearer of the women’s cricket in India completed her 20 years in international cricket. Mithali is currently plying her trade in the ODI series against South Africa and during the first ODI, she scaled the unique record.

Making her ODI debut against Ireland on June 26, 1999, the first ODI of the series meant that Mithali had completed 20 years and 105 days of her career in the 50-over format. Incidentally, Mithali Raj is the only women cricketer to scale this record.

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Besides, she has also played the most number of matches with 203 caps to her name. Charlotte Edwards (191) of England, Jhulan Goswami (177) of India, Alex Blackwell (144) of Australia and Jenny Gunn (144) of England completes the top five.

Mithali Raj. (Credits: Getty)

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Speaking about the game, India produced a scintillating effort with the ball to bowl out South Africa for 164 runs. Jhulan Goswami was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets while Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, and Poonam Yadav claimed two wickets each. Wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia also played a significant role in inflicting two important stumpings.

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Jemimah Rodrigues and debutant Priya Punia gave India a perfect start adding 83 runs for the first wicket in pursuit of 165 runs. Jemimah scored a fine fifty before getting out before Punia showed why she is so highly rated as a cricketer.

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Although India have lost Jemimah and Punam Raut, they look in line to take the game home with Mithali Raj and Priya Punia in the middle. They need 17 runs to win from 78 deliveries with eight wickets in hand.