Indian women’s cricket team on a high: 18 wins out of 19 ODIs since February 2016

first_imgIndia women’s cricket team on Saturday registered their 18th victory in their last 19 One Day Internationals. India started their ICC Women’s World Cup campaign with a comfortable 35-run win over former champions and hosts England at Derby.India recorded their 18th victory out of 19 ODIs played since February 7, 2016 with their only defeat coming against South Africa in May. Interestingly, the men’s team has played 22 matches so far from January 2016 and has won 12 games.Put into bat, India women’s openers Punam Raut (86) and Smriti Mandhana (90) put up a 144-run stand in 27 overs. But just when the going seemed good, Mandhana was sent packing by off-spinner Heather Knight. Mandhana, who slammed 11 boundaries and two sixes, was caught at midwicket by Danielle Hazell.India Women’s 18th ODI win in their last 19 games since 7-2-2016Only loss came v SA @ Potchefstroom, 17-5-2017 #ENGWvINDW#WWC17#EngvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 24, 2017An unperturbed Raut continued the attack with new batswoman and skipper Mithali Raj (71), and forged a 78-run partnership in 16 overs. But while trying to up the ante, Raut was caught at deep midwicket by Danielle Wyatt off Hazell. Raut’s 134-ball knock was laced with seven boundaries and a six.With the scoreboard reading 222/2 in 42.3 overs, Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur (24 not out) played sensibly and added 59 runs to post a challenging total 281/3. Raj, however, was dismissed by Knight in the last ball of the final over.However, Raj became the first player women’s cricket history to hit seven consecutive half-centuries in ODIs.Great effort by the entire team on the victory against the hosts. On to the next match on a positive note #WWC17 @BCCIWomen #GoforGlory ????º Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) June 24, 2017Chasing 282, England were bowled out for 246 in the 47.3 overs with Deepti Sharma and Shikha Pandey scalping three and two wickets each.For England, middle-order batswoman Fran Wilson top scored with 81 runs off 75 balls and Heather Knight contributed 46 runs. Apart from them no other batswoman stepped up to the occasion. The resounding victory helped India register their first win over England in five years as they had lost all six previous matches to the hosts.Superb batting performance by the @BCCIWomen’s team! Keep it up @SmritiMandhana, Poonam Raut and @RajMithali- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 24, 2017Congratulations on a wonderful victory @BCCIWomen . Beating the hosts at home is indeed a great beginning.#WWC17- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 24, 2017Class batting setting up a great win for India against a strong England side. Terrific start for India in the #WWC17 ?????????- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 24, 2017Fantastic start @BCCIWomen to the #ICCWomensWorldCup , beating Eng convincingly #IndvsEng ????????????- Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) June 24, 2017What a great start by @BCCIWomen , convincing victory. Well done girls. Super Proud. #WWC17 Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 24, 2017Congratulations @BCCIWomen and my fav player is Deepti Sharma and @mandhana_smriti ????????????? Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) June 24, 2017Congratulations @BCCIWomen on a wonderful start in #WWC17 Well played @mandhana_smriti @M_Raj03 and Poonam Raut ???????- Manoj Tiwary (@tiwarymanoj) June 24, 2017Congratulations @BCCIWomen on their victorious start. Way to go- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 24, 2017(With IANS inputs)last_img

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