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Records tumble as India Women win by 249 runs

Deepti Sharma-Punam Raut share a record 320-run stand for the first wicket

Records tumbled quick and fast in Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, South Africa as India Women registered a thumping 249 runs win over Ireland in the Women's Quadrangular Series match. 


After captain Mithali Raj won the toss and opted to bat first, there was no looking back as India openers Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut put up a sensational show. The two brought up the team’s fifty in 79 balls and shared a 100-run stand in 149 balls. Punam got to her fifty in 68 balls while Deepti brought up her fifty in 82 balls. 

The two then upped the ante as they brought up the team’s 150 in 185 balls and in only 46 more deliveries, raised the 200-run stand in 231 balls.

Deepti, who also bowls spin, registered her maiden ODI century in 126 balls with the help of 12 boundaries. In the mandatory second Powerplay, India amassed 49 runs, taking the total past the 250-figure mark. Deepti then got to 150 in 144 balls becoming the first Indian to get to the mark while Punam too brought up her maiden century off just 109 balls.
It was in the 44th over that the two took India past the 300-run mark. The openers became the first pair to share a 300-run stand in Women’s ODIs.

All eyes were on Deepti but she fell 12 runs short of a double century. She was bowled by Rachel Delaney and her 188 is now the second highest individual score in Women’s ODIs. Deepti’s marathon innings lasted 195 minutes. 

Punam was retired out on 109, but Veda Krishnamurthy and Shikha Pandey helped India to a massive 358/3 in 50 overs.
In return, the Ireland openers shared a 42-run stand but once the first wicket fell, the slide started before they were eventually bowled out for 109 in 40 overs.
 
Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad claimed 4/18 while Shikha Pandey too three wickets for 16 runs. Deepti too picked one wicket to cap off a rewarding day.

Brief score: India Women 358/3 in 50 Overs (Deepti Sharma 188, Poonam Raut 109, Rachel Delaney 1/44) beat Ireland Women 109/10 in 40 Overs (Mary Waldron 35, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 4/18, Shikha Pandey 3/16) by 249 runs.

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‘Jhulan is a living legend’

Former India star Neetu David and Rita Dey thank BCCI for one-time benefit payment

When former India star Neetu David and wicket-keeper Rita Dey arrived at the Green Park Stadium, nostalgia gripped the duo. It was at this very ground in Kanpur that the two first learned the tricks of the trade before making the cut into the Indian cricket team.

The two were honored by the BCCI for their achievements and contributions to Indian Cricket with a one-time benefit payment during the VIVO IPL 2017 match 50 between Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils. Neetu received a cheque of INR 30 lakhs (for playing 25 matches) while Rita was handed a cheque of Rs 10 lakhs (for playing 1-9 matches).

“This is my home ground and I have trained here all my life. My coach is also here and to be honoured in Kanpur feels wonderful. I'd like to thank the BCCI, the COA, my colleagues, captains, officials and all those who supported me. I would like to thank Diana Edulji. This is a great step. We feel proud that our contribution has been recognized,” gushed Dey.

For David, it was an unique experience of returning to the place to watch a cricket match instead of taking part in one. “I have played a lot of cricket here and this is the first time I have come to watch a match. It feels amazing.

“I am very happy that through IPL we have been given a one-time benefit amount. It is a big honour and a big boost to women's cricket in India. The next generation will also benefit from this and we can further improve women's cricket in the country.

David, the first Indian woman cricketer to take 100 ODI wickets hailed Jhulan Goswami’s feat of becoming the highest wicket taker in Women’s ODIs. “It is a big achievement. It a such a huge milestone to reach and it will have a tremendous impact on the young girls who are playing cricket currently. She is an inspiration to so many cricketers.” A stalwart of the game, she picked up 141 wickets in just 97 ODI matches during her 13-year long career. With Goswami, she is the only other Indian to feature in top-five wicket takers’ list in ODIs. David also holds the record for best bowling figures in an innings. In 1995 in a Test at Jameshedpur, the left-arm spinner had dismantled the English line-up, taking 8/53 in 31.3 overs.

For Dey, Goswami is a living legend. “I'd like to congratulate her on this fantastic achievement. Both Mithali Raj and Goswami are living legends. This is a proud moment for Indian cricket. The young girls are already following in her footsteps. She is a role model to so many and she continues to inspire.”

Moulin Parikh
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