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Mithali Raj Completes Her 55th ODI Half-Century, Second In The Series

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Mithali Raj ODI Half-Century: As India finishes with 188/9 in 49.3 overs in the fifth and final ODI between the Indian women’s cricket team and the South African women’s cricket team, Captain Mithali Raj scripted  history, once again.

Raj batted an unbeaten 79 to help India ensure a score of 188 in the 5th ODI against South Africa and, in doing so, completed her 55th ODI Half-Century. This was also her second Half-Century in this series.

She came to bat when India stood at 53/3 and she remained not out till the end. South African women now need 189 runs in 50 overs against India. Even though Raj top-scored for India, SA women have an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.

Having already lost the five-match ODI series, the India women cricket team has taken the field today hoping to display promising balling skills by calling upon Jhulan Goswami, who missed out due to an injury on Sunday.

Earlier, Raj scripted history by becoming the first Indian batswoman to score 10,000 international runs. The India skipper is only the second player ever to achieve the landmark after England’s Charlotte Edwards (10,273 runs). During the second ODI against South Africa on March 9, she broke the record for most international appearances in women’s cricket. She became the most capped female player in the history of international women’s cricket by recording her 310th appearance and surpassed England’s Charlotte Edwards to become the most capped women’s player on the international circuit. She also became the first woman in the world to reach 7000 plus ODI runs.

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