Record breaking Mithali Raj the top Indian scorer by a distance

Mithali Raj

Aussies won't feel pressure, says Lanning

She became the highest run-getter in the history of women's cricket going on to pip Charlotte Edwards on her way.

Walking out to bat after the Indians lost Smriti Mandhana early, the 34-year-old scored a lively 69 off 114 balls, forging a solid 157-run second-wicket stand with Punam Raut (who incidentally scored her maiden World Cup ton).

At Derby: England 284 for nine in 50 overs (Tammy Beaumont 93, Natalie Sciver 129) bt New Zealand 209 in 46.4 overs (Suzie Bates 44, Amy Satterthwaite 35, Katie Perkins 43 n.o., Alex Hartley three for 44). Recently she claimed that the lack of support in the batting unit did not allow her to improve her own batting.

South Africa, who play the world champions on Saturday, move up to third following their eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka, with India falling to fourth and New Zealand to fifth. 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. "Congratulations to her and I'm sure she's still got a fair few runs left in her in this World Cup as well".

"We enjoy ourselves, when out there".

The biggest achievement of Mitali Rajs's career is her consistency. Losing wickets at regular intervals never helped India's cause and whenever they wanted to up the ante, they were set back. After a year or so, Sampath told me that Mithali will not only go on to play for India but also break many records.

Instead, India had to make do with 226 for seven, with Perry (two for 37) the pick of the Australian bowlers who combined to claim five wickets for just 17 runs towards the end of the innings.

Perry finished the chase with a boundary from the first ball of the 46th over, but Lanning said neither had been aware a record was in the offing. It's something it has shown itself capable of, in the qualifier win over South Africa back in February and against England in the opening game of this World Cup, for instance. What if she gets an injury on her face, who will marry her?

Mithali has often been referred to as the Sachin Tendulkar of women's cricket, given the numerous individual records she holds like that of being the youngest woman to score an ODI century at the age of 16 in her first global match.

The Indian skipper now has 6,028 runs in 181 ODIs at an average of 51.37.

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