New Delhi: Indian women’s cricket captain Mithali Raj has completed 20,000 runs in her career with a stellar performance in the first ODI against Australia. Mithali has completed 20,000 runs in first-class cricket, List A and T20. He also scored his 5th consecutive ODI fifty in the match. Batting first, India scored 225 for 8 in the allotted overs. When the report came last, Australia had scored 18 runs in 5 overs for no loss.
Captain Mithali played a brilliant innings of 61 runs in 107 balls. This is his fifth consecutive fifty and 59th over in ODI cricket. In the last 4 matches, he scored an unbeaten 79 against South Africa and then an unbeaten 72, 59 and 75 not out in 3 ODIs against England. This was Mithali’s 218th ODI. Mithali Raj, who made her debut for India in 1999, is still going on. His bat is scoring runs. At one point in the match, Team India seemed to be struggling and reaching 200 seemed difficult, but apart from Mithali, some excellent shots from Richa Ghosh helped the team to a respectable score against Australia.
Ghosh played a useful innings of 32 not out off 29 balls. Jhulan Goswami also contributed well with the bat. He scored 20 runs in 24 balls. With this, Yastika M. Natia scored 35 runs in 51 balls. While opener Smriti Mandhana scored only 16 runs.