Mithali, Rajeshwari take India to semis

Mithali Raj’s classy 109 – her first century in more than three years and also the first-ever against a top-three nation – was a perfect lesson on batting

Mithali, Rajeshwari take India to semis

A brilliant display of bowling from India bundled New Zealand for 79 in just 25.3 overs to advance to the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Cup on Saturday.

While Veda upped the ante, Raj was happy to play the second fiddle.

Member of CoA Diana Edulji said, "This is a result of Team India (Women's) dedicated effort, which has translated into a series of successful performances". She has crossed this landmark in a world cup group match against Australia women. Lying at the fourth spot on the points table, Mithali Raj-led Indian team will look to break the put their best foot forward after two consecutive losses in the prestigious event. She surpassed former England captain Charlotte Edwards record to become the highest run-scorer in the One-Day Internationals (ODI) format this year. India were 21/2 when Harmanpreet Kaur joined Raj in the middle.

The 34-year-old, one of the finest willow wielders to ever grace the women's cricket, has been the sturdiest flag-bearer for eves' cricket in India. If they lose this match, they will be eliminated.

In 2002 World-Cup Raj had to sit out as she fell sick during the tournament.

Mithali has no doubt that it's because of this responsibility that she has not been able to enhance her batting as much as she wants to. Suzie Bates' decision to put India in to bat first was justified by Lea Tahuhu and Hannah Rowe as they dismissed Punam Raut (4) and Smriti Mandhana (13) respectively. But if the team fails to go the distance, it might mean curtains for the record-breaking Indians, at the global stage at least. Mithali had a rather muted celebration upon reaching her hundred, not even taking her helmet off.

Mithali also became the first player to complete 6000 runs in women's ODIs. After starting the tournament on a promising note with four wins on the trot, India slumped to their second straight loss on Wednesday. Another greatest achievement is her above 50 averages in her career.

In 2002, she made her Test debut in Lucknow against England.

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