New Delhi: Indian women's cricket captain Mithali Raj has completed 20,000 runs in her career with a stellar performance in the first ODI match against Australia. Mithali has completed 20,000 runs in first-class cricket, List A and T20. She also scored his 5th consecutive ODI fifty in the match. Batting first, India were 225 for 8 in the stipulated overs. Australia were 18 for no loss in 5 overs when reports were last reported.
Captain Mithali played a brilliant 61 off 107 balls. This is her 5th consecutive fifty and 59th overall in ODI cricket. In the last 4 matches, she scored an unbeaten 79 against South Africa and then 72, 59, and 75 not out in 3 ODIs against England. This was Mithali's 218th ODI. Mithali Raj, who made her debut for India in 1999, is still on. Her bat is scoring runs. At one point in the match, Team India seemed to be struggling and it seemed difficult to reach 200 runs, but apart from Mithali, some of Richa Ghosh's excellent shots helped the team build a respectable score against Australia.
Ghosh played a useful inning of 32 not out off 29 balls. Jhulan Goswami also contributed well with the bat. She scored 20 off 24 balls. With this, Yastika M. Natiya scored 35 off 51 balls. While opener Smriti Mandhana scored only 16 runs.