Mithali Raj, Rajeshwari Gayakwad take India to semis

Isaac Cain
July 15, 2017

Mithali Raj continued her magnificent form in ODI cricket as she slammed an attacking fifty against New Zealand in a crucial ICC Women's World Cup encounter in Derby.

Preview: The Indian women face a do-or-die situation to seal the last semi-final spot at the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup when they face a formidable New Zealand in their final group tie at The County Ground here on Saturday. Jhulan Goswami won the title of leading wicket taker in women cricket when she got her 181 wicket in a match against South Africa.

Ahead of their match against New Zealand on 18th July, Mithali Raj said that girls are talented but they need to overcome past to losses. In the next over, Maddy Green was dismissed by Poonam Yadav, while Lea Tahuhu became the fourth victim of Gayakwad, who also cleaned up last batswoman Leigh Kasperek (0) to complete her five-wicket haul. New Zealand's Debbie Hockley (1,501 runs), England's Janette Brittin (1,299 runs), Charlotte Edwards (1,231 runs) and Belinda Clarke (1,160 runs) are ahead of Mithali who recently achieved this feat.

Mithali was appointed as the captain of the women's team in 2004 and since then she led the side in more than 100 WODIs.

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At the age of 17, Raj was picked for the Indian team and in 1999, she made her debut in England against Ireland in a WODI match.

The 34-year-old cricketer started her worldwide career in 1999 with a match against Ireland. But she came back with a bang, scoring 53 against Sri Lanka to make it eight fifties from 10 inning. Indian women have shattered many records and earned a good name for the country.

New Zealand were never in the chase.

Earlier, Mithali became the first batswoman to score 6000 runs in One-Day Internationals in the course of India's World Cup league game against Australia at Bristol.

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