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MIthali Raj's unbeaten 97 powers India Women to massive win

Six-time winners India thrash Malaysia by 142 runs in the first game of the Asia Cup

Six-time winners India Women got off to a rousing start in the Women’s Asia Cup as they thrashed Malaysia by 142 runs in their first game of the tournament.

Opener and veteran bat Mithali Raj set the tone with a blazing 97 off 69 balls. She remained unbeaten and missed out on the century by just three runs. With most of the batting revolving around her, India posted a strong 169/3 in their 20 overs. Captain Harmanpreet Kuar made 32 from 23 balls before getting run-out. The partnership between the two for the fourth wicket was worth 86 runs.

Mithali hit 13 boundaries and one six in her knock.

The hosts struggled to get going once the chase began and lost wickets at regular intervals. None of the batter could reach double figures and six of them were dismissed for a duck.

Pooja Vastrakar gave a good account of her all-round skills as she picked up three wickets after being promoted to bat at No. 3 where she scored 16. Poonam Yadav took wickets without conceding a run while Anuja Patil also got two. Shikha Pandey picked one wicket for two runs. 

India Women will now face Thailand Women on Monday.

Brief scores: India Women 169/3 in 20 overs (Mithali Raj 97, Harmanpreet Kaur 32) beat Malaysia Women 27 in 13.4 overs (Pooja Vastrakar 3/6, Poonam Yadav 2/0) by 142 runs.

BCCI Staff

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Virat Kohli to play for Surrey

Team India captain signs up with Surrey County Cricket Club for the month of June
Indian Captain Virat Kohli during the Indian Nets session and Press conference ahead of the third Sunfoil Test match between South Africa and India held at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 23rd January 2018

Photo by: Shaun Roy / BCCI / SPORTZPICS

Team India captain Virat Kohli will represent Surrey this June, ahead of India’s tour of England.

The 29-year-old will become the fourth Test eligible Indian player in county cricket this year with fellow batsman Cheteshwar Pujara currently at Yorkshire and seamers Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron plying their trade at Sussex and Leicestershire respectively. Later, all rounder Axar Patel will also be joining Durham County Cricket Club for their County Championship fixtures.

Virat, who won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC World Cricketer of the Year in 2017, averages more than 50 in all three formats of the international game.

“It has long been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and I am thankful to Alec Stewart and Surrey for allowing me the opportunity to join them during their 2018 season. I can’t wait to get to the Kia Oval,” said Virat.

Alec Stewart, Surrey’s Director of Cricket, added: “We are thrilled to have signed the biggest name in world cricket for the month of June.

“Playing and training alongside Virat will be a massive benefit for our players who will have the opportunity to learn so much from him.”

BCCI Desk

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