Smriti Mandhana scripts these superb records: Details here
The Indian women's cricket team overcame its West Indian counterparts in the recently-concluded ODI series by a 2-1 margin. India zoomed past a target of 195 in 42.1 overs to seal the third ODI on Wednesday. Smriti Mandhana (74) was top notch for India and she scripted some superb records. Here are further details on the same.
Mandhana scripts a host of milestones
Opening batswoman Mandhana went on to equal New Zealand's Suzi Bates' record for most consecutive fifty-plus scores while chasing in ODIs. She also went on to register her ninth consecutive fifty during a chase in ODI cricket. Mandhana has amassed 663 runs in her last nine innings while chasing at a staggering average of 110.5. She also amassed her 17th career ODI fifty.
Mandhana goes past Ganguly, Sidhu and Kohli
Mandhana also became the second-fastest Indian (both men and women) to reach 2,000 ODI runs. She went past former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who had taken 52 innings. Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu too had taken 52 innings to reach the milestone. Meanwhile, current India captain Virat Kohli had taken 53 innings. Only Shikhar Dhawan reached the milestone faster than Mandhana (48 innings).
Mandhana goes past the 2,000-run mark in ODIs
Playing her 51st ODI match, Mandhana went past the 2,000-run mark in the format (2,025). She became the fifth Indian batswoman to go past 2,000 ODI runs. Joining her in this tally was Punam Raut (2,004 runs).
Mandhana scripts this record in women's cricket
Mandhana is also the third-fastest in women's cricket to get to 2,000 ODI runs after Australia's Belinda Clark and Meg Lanning. Clark holds the record for being the fastest batswoman to score 2,000 ODI runs. She had taken 41 innings. Meanwhile, Meg Lanning required 45 innings to reach the landmark. In men's cricket, former Proteas batsman Hashim Amla (40) holds the record.
Mandhana stitches 141-run opening stand with Jemimah Rodrigues
Against WI women's team, Mandhana stitched a 141-run opening stand with Jemimah Rodrigues as India chased down the 195-run target with six wickets in hand at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. It was Mandhana's third half-century in a row, having scored 63 and 66 against England in February. Meanwhile, Jemimah amassed a 69-run knock which had six boundaries. India enjoyed an all-round show.