India Women’s Cricket Team went past the 300-runs mark for the first time in One Day International history. They went on to post a mammoth total of 358 for 3 in match eight of the Women’s Quadrangular series at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom against the Ireland Women on Monday.
The opening pair’s monumental score of a 320-run stand constructed by Deepti Sharma & Poonam Raut has been the highest ever according to the world record of Women’s Cricket. Sharma & Raut put on the record stand in 45.3 overs, followed by Shikha Pandey’s buoyancy of 27 runs off just 14 balls that made India Women get surpassed off their previous best total of 298 runs against West Indies Women in 2004.
In the combined stand, Sharma’s score of 188 came off 160 deliveries with 27 fours & two sixes. This is now the second-highest individual score in Women’s Cricket after Australia Women’s Belinda Clarke’s 229 scored against Denmark in 1997.
India Women’s previous highest individual score was 138 not out by Jaya Sharma against Pakistan Women at Karachi in 2005. Sharma’s opening partner Raut made 109.
Bengal’s girl, former India Women’s skipper Jhulan Goswami have become the all-time highest wicket-taker in Women’s Cricket ODI history, earlier in the series with 181 wickets from 153 matches.
Chasing the huge target of 359, the Ireland Women got bundled up for only 109 runs, going on to lose to their opposition by an enormous 249 runs. This win margin is now the sixth largest victory in Women’s ODI Cricket.
Among the India Women’s bowlers, Rajeshwari Gayakwad delivered a spell of 4 for 18, while Shikha Pandey claimed 3 for 16. India Women have won all the four matches that they have played yet in the series.
Rohit Reshammiya Hashmi