Mithali Raj - From Bharatnatyam dancer to cricket icon

Mithali Raj - From Bharatnatyam dancer to cricket icon

Mithali Raj - From Bharatnatyam dancer to cricket icon

The highlight of the Indian innings was Mithali surpassing former England captain Charlotte Edwards' aggregate of 5992 runs to become the highest run-getter in the history of women's ODI. She now has 6028 runs from 164 innings at an astounding average of 51.52.

Alex Hartley was the pick of the England bowlers as she took 3-44 as no New Zealand batter scored a half-century.

This, in turn, has put the other top-order batswomen under pressure, with fellow opener Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma and Mithali coming good with the bat, though not collectively and consistently. Sehwag, who is perhaps the biggest sports social media star in the country, rather tweeted about Mithali Raj, congratulating the latter on her world record a day after the feat was achieved.

India are due to play New Zealand on Saturday in a must-win game. Her average has been an impressive 75.72 in matches which India have won. "All her early coaches used to come and tell me that of all the girls they had, she was the only one who looked like a cricketer", her father Dorai Raj remembers. Her unbeaten 76 saw her pass 5000 career runs but she fell just one run short of 3000 ODI runs. "Playing for a stronger side with more players to stand up and win games, it gives you the freedom to play your shots and you don't have to think about what happens if you get out", Mithali told Espncricinfo. We're looking forward to playing South Africa first, they're a very unsafe side.

"We enjoy ourselves, when we're out there", she said. Popularly known as "Sachin Tendulkar" of women's Cricket, Mithali Raj, has become the highest run-scorer in women's ODI cricket.

But from there on Australia, and particularly Lanning, was in complete control.

Losing wickets in clusters: Apart from the 157 run partnership stitched by Mithali Raj and Poonam Raut, there were no substantial partnerships and that led to the downfall of the eves.

Lanning won the toss and elected to field and Ashleigh Gardner's early scalp of the risky Smriti Mandhana (3) gave Australia the immediate upper hand in their quest to return to the top of the World Cup standings.

Australia are at the second spot in the points table right now and the focus, Lanning says, is on the last match against South Africa. Kristen Beams made the breakthrough when she caught and bowled India captain Raj with her third ball of the over.

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