Mithali Raj becomes highest scorer in women's one-day internationals
- Author: Carlos Nash Jul 16, 2017,
Jul 16, 2017, 0:13
Kerr has come into global women's cricket at a time where there has been more exposure than ever before, and more opportunities afforded from a career perspective, through tournaments such as the Women's Big Bash League. She surpassed former England captain Charlotte Edwards record to become the highest run-scorer in the One-Day Internationals (ODI) format this year.
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She has already hit three half centuries and a 46 not out, besides today's ton, from the seven matches she has played so far.
The two veterans, who are more towards the end of their proud careers than the beginnings, have done more than anyone else to raise the profile of the women's game in India. She is only the fifth batsman to make 1000 runs in the Women's World Cup.
And when Rajeshwari Gayakwad - playing her first match of the tournament - bagged a fiver, the Kiwis were all but out.More news: United States lifts laptop restriction for flights from Abu Dhabi
Victory for either team will see it through, while a tie or a washout would be enough for India to pip the White Ferns, as India is now one point better off.
Live coverage of the ICC Women's World Cup continues on Sky Sports platforms this Saturday with four matches, including England against West Indies.
A lot will depend on captain Mithali and openers Poonam Raut and Smriti Mandhana.
Raj scored 69 in her side's ICC World Cup group game against Australia to take her career tally to 6,028, eclipsing the 5,992 runs totted up by Edwards. This win ensured India qualify for the semi-final of an ICC event for the first time since 2010. As a 14-year-old, only 2 months after her provincial debut, she claimed 3 for 19 for the Wellington Blaze against Otago, as the Blaze claimed an emphatic 10-wicket victory to be crowned champions.
India will play against Australia in the Semi Final on Thursday. She also averages 65.07 when chasing and 109.68 in successful chases.