Deepti Sharma, Poonam Raut create cricket history with record 320-run stand
India women’s cricket team openers Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut became the first-ever pair to share a 300-run stand in an One-Day International. The duo shared a 320-run stand as India women finished with 358 for three in 50 overs against Ireland women at Potchefstroom during the quadrangular series in South Africa.
The other two teams participating in the tournament are Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Deepti made 188 off 160 balls, hitting 27 fours and two sixes while Poonam made 109 off 116 balls, with 11 fours.
Deepti’s 188 is the second highest individual score by a woman cricketer in ODIs. The highest belongs to Aussie Belinda Clark, who made 229 against Denmark in 1997.
The India duo batted for over 45 overs to aggregate 320 at the top.
Earlier last week, Jhulan Goswami became the highest wickettaker in women’s ODIs when she got her 181st wicket, going past Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick’s decade-old record of 180.
It has been good going for India women, who have won all the three previous matches, having beaten Ireland by 10 wickets, South Africa by 7 wickets and Zimbabwe by 9 wickets. India look set to win this ODI too as they had reduced Ireland to 60/2 in 22 overs.
The BCCI congratulates the duo for their outstanding performance as acting Hony. Secretary, Amitabh Choudhary, said: “The Indian Women’s team are on a record-breaking spree in the Women’s Quadrangular Series and I congratulate them for their all-round show. It started with Jhulan Goswami becoming the leading wicket taker in Women’s ODIs and today we have witnessed a plethora of records.”
“The Indian Women’s Team have not only been consistent in the ongoing series but they have dominated their opposition right from the start. With the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 just around the corner, I am confident that Team India will carry their winning momentum into the big event,” he added.