India's Mithali Raj becomes leading run-scorer in Women's ODIs

Mitali Raj on Cusp of becoming Leading Run Scorer

In the previous game against South Africa, India had a great chance of sealing a semifinal berth but now they have their task cut out in the remaining round robin games against two strong teams in Australia and New Zealand. Mithali Raj has led from the front in this tournament so far and has scored 71, 46, 8, 53 and 0 in first five games while went past 50-run mark against Australia as well. While on one hand, she regretted the loss against Australia, on the other hand, she did say that she was happy after reaching the milestone of having the most number of runs in Women's ODI cricket.

Ashleigh Gardner, the off-spinner, took the new ball for the first time in her global career, rather than Jess Jonassen, the left-arm spinner, to the left-handed Smriti Mandhana, and struck in her second over.

After a slow start, Raj looked in danger of having to wait at least another few days for the record when she was given out lbw to Jonassen on 11.

But that brought Raj to the crease needing just 34 runs to break Edwards' record, and alongside Raut she got to work. Mooney was run out for 40 following a superb direct hit from Deepti Sharma.

- Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir)Mithali Raj becomes the first to 6000 runs in women's ODIs! Mooney and Bolton helped Australia score 57 in the first 15 overs before the latter was sent packing by Poonam Yadav in the next over.

The elegant batter's ability to notch up big scores then came to the fore when she crunched an unbeaten 214 against England in Taunton in August 2002.

Not only this even after the three years later when she was still 19. Casually I used to play with her there.

Schutt grabbed her second in the final over when she bowled Sushma Verma for six.

Mithali made her ODI debut against Ireland in June 1999, scoring a match-winning century boasts a 50 plus average.

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