India's Mithali Raj becomes leading run-scorer in Women's ODIs

Thursday, 13 Jul, 2017

Mithali made her global debut in the year 1999, the year that "jumbo" equalled Jim Laker's world record of picking up all ten wickets in an innings of a Test match.

South Africa had another blitzing, this time disposing of Sri Lanka in little time.

Live coverage of the ICC Women's World Cup continues on Sky Sports platforms this Saturday with four matches, including England against West Indies. "I thought it was a pretty good overall performance". But the one column that mattered, the wins, didn't go in her favour playing Australia on Wednesday. It was Meg Lanning who scored an unbeaten 76 and Ellyse Perry getting a fourth consecutive fifty that took Australia home chasing a target of 227 in the 50 overs.

Both England's Katherine Brunt and New Zealand's Amy Satterthwaite were awarded special caps in a ceremony before the match to mark the occasion of their 100th ODIs but only Brunt was smiling come the end of play, following the triumph.

"I don't think the pressure is more than any other game", Lanning said.

Veda Krishnamurthy was run out next ball for a diamond duck, then Sydney Thunder star Harmanpreet Kaur was stumped off the bowling of Megan Schutt.

Despite losing her captaincy temporarily, Mithali got her captain's arm-band back in a few years and has already led India in 106 ODIs.

The Lanning and Perry partnership averages 109.57 for Australia, with their performance in Bristol the eighth time they've shared a century stand.

"It's a World Cup so every game has an edge to it".

Put into bat, opener Punam Raut's fighting century and a 69 from record-breaking skipper Mithali Raj enabled India to post a decent 226 for seven in their sixth group league encounter. It is a virtual quarterfinal as the victor becomes the fourth team after Australia, England and South Africa to enter the last four.

South Africa have been in incredible form with the ball and made easy work of a number of batting orders but will have their biggest test against Australia this weekend.