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Mithali, Rajeshwari take India to semis

16 July 2017, 01:26 | Marlene Fleming

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

Hello and welcome to our Live coverage of Match 27 between India and New Zealand of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 in County Ground, Derby.

CoA chairman Vinod Rai said, "I want to extend my heartiest congratulations to Team India's on staging a remarkable comeback in the ICC World Cup".

Mithali Raj is one of the finest players in Women's cricket who also became the top player in total runs scored in One Day Internationals recently. India would be aiming for their maiden World Cup win this time around which has been heavily dominated by Australia and England. They lost both their openers inside six overs as Indian pace duo of Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey gave them a fiery start. Against Australia, Raj surpassed former England captain Charlotte Edwards's 5992 runs when she reached 34, thereby becoming the highest scorer in ODIs.

IST: FOUR!. Harmanpreet Kaur hits a hard shot down offside.

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The 34-year-old cricketer started her global career in 1999 with a match against Ireland. There's going to be lot of reviews of our team because we were expected to make the semi-finals.

Her ten wickets have come at 16 runs apiece, at an economy of only four to the over, the same as her career economy, which is superb for a leg spinner at this level, let alone at her age.

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. Mithali Raj had walked out in the middle after Smriti Mandhana fell on the cheap early in the innings and went on to stitch a 157-run partnership with Punam for the second wicket.

Along with Australia's Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry, Mithali is the only other player to have an average of above 50 among players with 1500-plus runs. "I am pleased with the kind of comeback the team has staged in the tournament".

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