Indian eves eye semi-final berth

Indian eves eye semi-final berth

In the previous game against Australia, Mithali became the leading run-getter in ODI cricket by overtaking England's Charlotte Edwards record of 5992 runs. In a cricket-crazy country where male cricketers are treated like demigods, she has managed to carve a niche for herself through her unparalleled exploits with the bat despite women's cricket being deprived of patronage from both the administrators and the public alike for a long period.

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India must win against New Zealand if they wish to make it to the knockouts of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017.

The 34-year-old cricketer started her global career in 1999 with a match against Ireland.

When the powerplay didn't pan out India's way, Veda rekindled memories of her debut knock at the same venue six years ago to accelerate in the final ten overs - a period that saw India add 90 runs.




There seems to be no stopping India captain Mithali Raj.

The first semi-final will be held on 18th July in which the teams in the first and fourth place will battle for a seat in the finals whereas second and third placed teams will play against each other in the second semi-final which will be held on 20th July. In the last match of the day Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 15 runs. The Indian skipper rebuilt the innings along with Harmanpreet Kaur after India lost Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut cheaply. But if the team fails to go the distance, it might mean curtains for the record-breaking Indians, at the global stage at least. Mithali Raj made her sixth ODI century but she also scored her 10th 50-plus score in the calendar year of 2017.

Mithali also became the first player to complete 6000 runs in women's ODIs.

For India to get the better of their opposition, they will have to show the intent and initiative they showed in the opener against the same England where their batting masterclass and spin gave them a 35-run win. She also averages 65.07 when chasing and 109.68 in successful chases.

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