Telangana CM hails women's cricket team captain

Telangana CM hails women's cricket team captain

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.

A measured 69 against defending champion Australia took the 34-year-old's career ODI total to 6,028 - past Charlotte Edwards's existing milestone of 5,992, and in doing so Raj became the first woman to pass 6,000 runs in the process. She took 183 matches and in 164 innings to reach the landmarks.

"Obviously, we now have a decider ahead against New Zealand to get to the semifinals".

England and Australia both moved to 10 points with England placed at the top of the points table owing to a better net run-rate. When you are playing a big team like Australia at an ICC event you need to get off to a solid start and that did not happen as she was back in the hut within the first four overs.

India now faces New Zealand in a playoff for the final semi spot and captain Mithali Raj said all-round improvement was needed to secure it. "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. "As a team, we have to step up, as if we perform again like this it will not be enough", said the India skipper. Mithali scored 71 in that game. The slow bowlers have accounted for 28 of the 39 wickets that the Indians have claimed in the six matches. A year later, the team won their first Test series in England.

Lanning and Perry then saw Australia home with just under five overs to spare.

"Somewhere we really have to upgrade the way we batted, especially the bowling unit and fielding department obviously because today the bowling unit didn't seem like they were effective or they were creating some opportunity".

Poonam Yadav, the leg-spinner, got the breakthrough, eliciting an edge to the wicketkeeper from a swinging Bolton and Deepti caught Mooney short of her crease with a direct hit.

Given the ever increasing number of games being played, Lanning could be the player who eventually reels in Raj's record.

Perry, who completed her 22nd ODI fifty, cracked a straight drive off Goswami to bring up the winning runs.

The only encouraging factor for India is that they will take on the White Ferns at the venue where they have a 100 per cent win record in this World Cup.