Mithali Raj crosses 20,000 international career milestones against Australia

India’s Mithali Raj crossed the 20,000-run mark in international cricket during the first India vs Australia women’s ODI match. He smashed 61 off 107 balls as India set a target of 225/8 in the allotted fifty overs. She is already the highest scorer in women’s international cricket, which she achieved during the tour of England.

Captain Mithali Raj (61 off 107) registered her fifth consecutive half-century, which was also her 59th, while other important contributions came from debutants Yastika Bhatia (35 off 51) and Richa Ghosh (32 not out in 29). India would not have crossed the 220-run mark if it hadn’t been for the eight-wicket stand of 45 between senior pacer Jhulan Goswami (20 off 24) and Ghosh, who was picked ahead of Tania Bhatia so that they were very close. To add the required firepower. In the batting order.

India’s openers Shafali Verma (8) and Smriti Mandhana (16), on whom the team relies heavily for quick starts, ended after hitting a few boundaries. Senior batsman Harmanpreet Kaur could not play the match due to a thumb injury.

For Australia, pacer Darcy Brown (4/33) took four wickets, while Hannah Darlington (2/29) and Sophie Molyneux (2/39) took a couple each.

(with PTI inputs)

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