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Womens World Cup: Mithali Raj Sweeps Top Twitter Honours After Propelling India Into The Semifinals


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At the age of 34, Mithali Raj has probably achieved everything there is in international cricket. She has shattered numerous records, won multiple laurels and has gone on to become one of the biggest names in the sport. And, over the years, she has established herself as one of India's most capable batswoman in the game.

But, she isn't done just yet. The past few months, and especially the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup, saw Mithali scale new heights in the game. She slammed seven consecutive fifties in the ODIs and then followed it up by breaking the 6,000-run barrier to become the first-ever woman to achieve the feat.

And, just when you thought it couldn't get any better for Mithali, it somehow did. Going from strength to strength, the Indian captain continued her fine run with yet another gem of an innings that saw her reach a personal milestone - this time against the Kiwis.

Perfect response from the team after 2 losses to win against New Zealand and seal the semis spot against the Aussies. ???????? pic.twitter.com/BCndsARL92

— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) July 15, 2017

During India's crucial tie against New Zealand, Mithali led from the front and slammed her sixth ODI hundred to guide India to an imposing total of 265 runs. Leading from the front, she stitched a 132-run partnership with her deputy Harmanpreet Kaur (60) for the third wicket.

Mithali RajReuters

However, Harmanpreet's dismissal in the 36th over eventually saw India losing two quick wickets in a space of seven deliveries. With the Kiwis sensing an opportunity to tighten the noose, India desperately needed a partnership and once again it was Mithali who stitched a partnership of 108 runs for the fifth wicket with adequate support from her teammate Veda Krishnamurthy (70).

Riding on the heroics of Mithali, while India managed to showcase their batting might, New Zealand, on the other hand, failed miserably.

Team IndiaReuters

Chasing 266 runs, the Kiwis suffered early setbacks with both their openers Suzie Bates (1) and Rachel Priest (5) returning to the pavilion within the first three overs. Soon, the Black Caps found themselves reeling at 27-3 in 11 overs. While New Zealand was in desperate need of a partnership to steady their innings, the worst was yet to come.

Amy Satterthwaite (26) and Sophie Devine (7) had stitched a budding, yet promising, 24-run partnership for the fourth wicket when Rajeshwari Gayakwad dismissed the former to rattle their chase. Satterthwaite's dismissal triggered a massive batting collapse for her side that lost its next six wickets for a mere 28 runs.

Team IndiaReuters

On a day when the Kiwis needed their batswoman to deliver, only three players managed to score in double digits with Satterthwaite's 26 being the highest for a team that was eventually bowled out for just 79 runs.

For India, left-arm spinner Gayakwad spun a web around the Kiwis to register her maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs. Gayakwad finished her spell with impressive figures of 5/15 - her best in an ODI innings. Apart from Gayakwad, Deepti Sharma (2/26), Jhulan Goswami (1/14), Shikha Pandey (1/12) and Poonam Yadav (1/12) were also amongst the wicket-takers for India.

After crushing losses to South Africa and Australia earlier, India desperately needed to beat the Kiwis to make the cut for the last-four stage. And, with Mithali and Gayakwad leading the way, the Indian women's cricket team stormed into the semi-finals where they'll now lock horns with the mighty Aussies on 20 July.

 

 

Mithali 'Consistent' Raj has brought her A+ game to the park again...let's finish strongly from here @BCCIWomen #WWC17

— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 15, 2017


Given importance of match and tournament, arguably her finest century. Well played @M_Raj03!

— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 15, 2017


Mithali Raj looks fluent and elegant with her drives thru the off side. Sounding sweet of the bat #INDvNZ @cricketworldcup @DerbyshireCCC

— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) July 15, 2017


What a captains knock from @M_Raj03 ??Not to forget the impact innings from Veda Krishnamurthy??C'mon @BCCIWomen we can win this?? #WWC17

— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 15, 2017


Captain leading from the front! @M_Raj03 ??????? ????????? ?? ??? ?? ?? ??? ??? ??? ! ???? ?????? ??? ?? ???? ?????????? ! #INDvNZ #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/F3eARBGB9R

— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) July 15, 2017

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