Indian captain Mithali Raj got to her sixth ODI century in the ICC Women’s World Cup match against New Zealand. India were put to bat first after New Zealand won the toss. Mithali came to bat in the fourth over of the match after the dismissal of opener Poonam Raut. She has since built strong partnerships with Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishanmurthy to take India to a commanding position in the match.
India had lost Punam Raut early in their innings. Fellow opener Smriti Mandhana was next to go and India found themselves 21/2 before the end of the eighth over with two of their most belligerent batters back in the pavilion. But the depth of the batting line up was then on display as Mithali and her deputy Harmanpreet Kaur went about rebuilding the innings. The two put up a strong 132-run partnership for the third wicket before Harmanpreet succumbed to Leigh Kasperek. Deepti Sharma’s wicket followed suit but Veda Krishnamurthy stuck on with her captain. Their partnership has also gone beyond the 100-run mark with Krishnamurthy being the aggressor. India need to beat New Zealand to ensure a place in the semi-final and the match is a virtual quarter final for them. Mithali had a rather muted celebration upon reaching her hundred, not even taking her helmet off.
Mithali had recently crossed 6000 runs in ODI cricket, become the first in the women’s game to do so. It also means that she is the all time highest run scorer in women’s ODI cricket.
Here are a few reactions to the Indian captain’s effort:
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 15 July 2017
Given importance of match and tournament, arguably her finest century. Well played @M_Raj03!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) 15 July 2017
— Gautam Bhimani (@gbhimani) 15 July 2017
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) 15 July 2017
This is @M_Raj03‘s first hundred against a top three team ie England, Australia or NZ.
— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) 15 July 2017
Mithali is also India’s top scorer in the tournament so far by some distance and is the third highest run getter overall.