Mithali Raj Becomes Highest Scorer in Women ODI Cricket

ICC Women's World Cup 2017 Virat Kohli Sachin Tendulkar Among Those Who Congratulate Mithali Raj For Her Batting Record

Mithali, during her knock of 69 during India's ongoing World Cup group match against Australia at Bristol, got past Edwards's mark and also became the first woman to breach the 6000-run mark.

India, however, were defeated by 8 wickets in the match as Australia chased the target of 227 for the loss of 2 wicket.

Australia, who are placed second in the points table, will need a big win against South Africa to push England down.

The 6,000-run milestone was achieved with a huge six off leg-break bowler Kirsten Beams as she received a standing ovation from the Indian bench. Even the former Englishwoman Charlotte Edwards, whose record the Indian broke on Wednesday, posted a video message for the India captain. Popularly known as "Sachin Tendulkar" of women's Cricket, Mithali Raj, has become the highest run-scorer in women's ODI cricket. Great achievement and thoroughly deserved.

Mithali was made captain at the age of 22 and led the side in the 2005 World Cup where the team were losing finalists, after they were beaten by Australia.

Natalie Sciver scored an excellent 129 from 111 deliveries as England beat New Zealand by 75 runs in Derby. India has always had the problem that when faced with the crunch matches, the team does not necessarily step up. The Indian batters have struggled for form in recent matches and they had a poor performance in the field against Australia, misfields leading to at least 20 runs for the Aussies.

"We really have to improve all over the pitch, especially producing more consistency from how we are bowling and fielding", she added.

Lanning said their formidable partnership came down to being relaxed and knowing each other's game.

After raising hopes of scoring big by amassing 281 against England, India's batswomen seem to have gone into slow motion mode. In its ball-by-ball coverage of the match as it happened, The Guardian cricket correspondent found it odd that Deepti Sharma (the highest scorer in the previous game against South Africa) was bumped down the order behind the sloggers like Jhulan Goswami despite stroking 27 boundaries in a match against Ireland.

Do you think Kohli's this careless mistake should be forgiven? From a strong position of being at 203/2, India's middle order fluffed yet again and were quickly reduced to 211/6. Mithali scored 71 in that game. 4 and 6 reflect. She now is at the helm of the list with 6028 runs in 183 matches.

New Zealand Captain Suzie Bates top scored with 44 as they were bowled out for 209.

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