The Indian one-day captain and batsman, Mithali Raj, crossed the 20,000 runs in her career during the first one-day match against Australia. She achieved the feat during her knockout of 61 in the first innings.
During the women’s last tour of England, Mithali was the highest overall scorer in all three formats. She now has another feather in her cap, after becoming the first to break the 20k barrier. The 61-run knockout was also Mithali’s fifth consecutive fifty in the one-day match.
The 38-year-old unfortunately ended up on the losing side as her effort was not enough to set up a winning total for India. At the back of her innings, India managed to advance to 225/8 in their set 50 overs.
Debutant Yastika Bhatia gave an account of herself during her 35-run beat. The team struggled to get over 200, but teenager Richa Ghosh and veteran Jhulan Goswami showed that India had achieved a decent total.
Australian openers steal the spotlight from Mithali Raj to score a 25th consecutive one-day match
Overall, the popular Australian batting line-up is never going to make it difficult. The openers, Rachael Haynes and Alyssa Healy, wanted to refurbish their goal. While the former played the role of the second violin, Healy flew through to a fifty before being dismissed for 77.
Their opening tent of 126 runs was broken by Poonam Yadav, and it was also the only wicket that fell in the innings. Haynes continued in the company of skipper, Meg Lanning. They were awake to Healy’s wicket, but soon established authority.
Lanning got her fifty while Haynes scored an unbeaten 93 to take the Aussie women home. It was also their 25th consecutive victory in the one-day match, and they will continue their series in the form in which they are. It was a very disappointing day for India and they will have to regroup before the series is lost.