High on their form, Indian women cricketers brought glory as they clinched the very first match of their World Cup campaign against England by 35 runs. There could not be any better opener for the Indian squad, as it would enable them stay put for a long run in the ongoing ICC women’s World Cup, which kickstarted in England on June 24.
Congratulations @BCCIWomen on their victorious start. Way to go— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 24, 2017
As expected, chose to batting first, Indian team had sent their best opener on the field today -- Mandhana, having a great companionship with Punam Raut and Mithali Raj, who scored half-centuries each to lead India to a total of 281.
The partnership of 144 between Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut kickstarted the innings in a big way. Mandhana’s 90 kept the run rate in momentum. Skipper Mithali Raj was able to surge to 71.
Smirti hit a 90 while Raut scored 86. Captain got her seventh consecutive half-century in ODI -- a record established by any player.
England stumbled to 67-3 in reply and though Fran Wilson made 81, she was run out brilliantly by Harmanpreet Kaur and the hosts were bowled out for 246.
Seventh consecutive ODI fifty for Mithali Raj...a world record. An absolute legend of Indian cricket. ????#WWC17— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 24, 2017
England were all out for 246 in the chase. India picked up 5 wickets but with England’s all-out result at the end, the women from India shattered their hopes of a win.
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