Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Indian eves Sharma, Raut set record 320-run stand

Deepti Sharma Records Highest ODI Score In Indian Women's Cricket Deepti Sharma on way to recording the highest individual score for India
Frederick Owens | 17 May, 2017, 13:24

Raut, 27, scored 109 before retiring hurt shortly after the dismissal of Sharma.

In the league match of the Women's Quadrangular Series held at Potchefstroom in South Africa, the duo added 320 runs for the first wicket in 45.3 overs against Ireland.

In pursuit of the huge target, Ireland were bowled out for 109 in 40 overs as Indian bowlers, left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (4/18) and right-arm medium pacer Shikha Pandey (3/16) and off-spinner Deepti (1/15) made it a flawless outing for India. The latter is the second highest score in women's ODI cricket, begind only Australian Belinda Clark's 229 against Denmark in 1997.

Deepti Sharma produced a stunning 188-run knock, the second highest score in women's One-day global history, to set up India's massive 249-run win over Ireland in the quadrangular series at Potchefstroom.

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Jhulan Goswami had taken her 181st wicket to become the leading wicket taker in women's ODI cricket. In reply to India's mammoth total of 358/2, Ireland were skittled out for 109, thus giving India a comfortable 249-run victory. India wins over Ireland by 10 wickets, beat South Africa by 7 wickets and beat Zimbabwe by 9 wickets. The next highest innings by an Indian is Jaya Sharma's 138 against Pakistan in 2005. It is the first time that the Women's ODIs have witnessed a 300 or more runs stand.

The 19-year-old from Uttar Pradesh shared a world record 320-run opening stand with Poonam Raut (109) as India amassed a commanding 358/3 after skipper Mithali Raj won the toss and chose to bat first, reported PTI.

Impressed with dominating show of the Indian women's team, Choudhary said: "The Indian Women's Team have not only been consistent in the ongoing series but they have dominated their opposition right from the start".

The India squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2017 has been announced and all eyes would now be set on the title that has always eluded the Indian team, unlike their male colleagues, who have won the World Cup twice.

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