Mithali Raj scored her fifth consecutive half-century and 59th half-century of her career, but she fell alone against Australia. Perhaps this is the reason why the Indian women’s team was able to set a target of only 226 runs in front of Kangaroo women in the first ODI on Tuesday.
straight head bouncer
During this slow innings of three fours, there was an occasion when everyone’s breath stopped. A short ball that came very fast went straight and hit Mithali Raj’s helmet. The matter is of the 15th over of the innings. Alyssa Perry hit the fourth ball bouncer, the ball went straight to Mithali’s helmet in the pursuit of a duck.
Mithali’s 20 thousand runs also completed
In a hurry, the physio reached the ground running. Although the ball hit the helmet and went behind the wicketkeeper, during which both the players also scored a run. Although the helmet was not changed, she remained on the field with the same gear. During this, Mithali Raj also completed 20 thousand runs in her career. Meaning more than 10 thousand runs in international cricket and around 10 thousand runs in domestic cricket too.
Otherwise even 220 runs would not have been scored.
Apart from Mithali, only Yastika Bhatia (35 runs off 51 balls) and Richa Ghosh (32 not out off 29 balls), playing debut ODIs, could make useful contributions. If Ghosh and the experienced Jhulan Goswami (20 off 24 balls) had not put on a 45-run stand for the eighth wicket, India would not have reached even 220. To strengthen the batting, Ghosh was brought in in place of Tania Bhatia. Earlier, Shefali Verma (eight) and Smriti Mandhana (16) gave India a quick start, but they could not last long. Australia’s most successful bowler Darcy Brown (4 for 33) sent both of them to the pavilion till the sixth over.