Mithali Raj Hits Fine Century vs New Zealand

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Aware of the fact that this was a must-win match, Mithali Raj put her head down and stabilised the conditions for her team.

Being invited by the NZ captain Suzie Bates to bat first, India lost both their openers with only 21 runs on the board.

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. Aiming to take on Leigh Kasperek, Harmanpreet chipped an easy catch back to the offspinner and Deepti Sharma fell for a seven-ball duck soon after, caught behind superbly by a diving Rachel Priest. Overall, New Zealand have a 27-17 win-loss record against India in women's ODIs. No other India batsman has made more than two. However, India lost the match to Australia by eight wickets. In fact, when she reached her half-century, she also became the player to hit most 50+ scores in a calendar year.

While Veda upped the ante, Raj was happy to play the second fiddle.

Her unprecedented performance at the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 did not go unnoticed.

In reply, New Zealand were bundled out for only 79 thanks to Rajeshwari Gayakwad's maiden five-wicket haul (5/15) as India won the contest by a massive 186-run margin. And India couldn't have asked for a better start than when their strike bowlers returned a wicket each in the mandatory powerplay to compliment the batting effort earlier in the day. "Played Captain's knock in very crucial game", he said.

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. When I got the chance, I wanted to give my all.

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Rajeshwari Gayakwad finished with 5-15 for India.



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