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India vs WI: Smriti Mandhana breaks yet another record…

Highlights

  • Smriti Mandhana became the second-fastest Indian to reach the 2,000 run-milestone.
  • She took just 51 innings to achieve the feat, 3 more than Shikha Dhawan, who leads the list.
  • The cricketer, along with Jemimah Rodrigues, scored half-centuries to help the Indian women’s team to a 6-wicket victory over the West Indies.

Ace cricketers Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues scored half-centuries each to help the Indian women’s team to an easy 6-wicket victory over the West Indies in the third ODI, thus clinching the series 2-1.

Mandhana, who was unable to feature in the series’ first two games due to a toe injury, hit 74 runs from just 63 balls on Wednesday night.

Opening partner Rodrigues, who scored 69 off 92 balls, proved to be an able partner. The duo built a solid partnership of 141 runs.

As a result of the excellent start, the Women in Blue sailed to the 195-run target within 42 overs.

Earlier in the innings, the Indian bowlers had performed well to bowl out the hosts for a below-par 194 in exactly 50 overs.

Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami (2/30) along with leggie Poonam Yadav (2/35) scalped four wickets between them to uproot the West Indian middle order.

Smriti Mandhana breaks another record

With the knock of 74, Smriti Mandhana added yet another feather to her cap by becoming second-fastest Indian cricketer to reach 2,000 runs.

The list is led by Shikhar Dhawan, reached the 2,000 runs-landmark in just 48 innings.

The 23-year-old took just 51 innings to reach the milestone, thus coming third after Belinda Clark and Meg Lanning to in the record.

Mandhana has scored 2,025 runs from 51 ODIs at an average of 43.08 till now. The Sangli-based cricketer has four centuries and 17 fifties to her name in the ODIs.

Australian cricketer Belinda Clark has the record for scoring 2,000 ODI runs in the least innings – 41. Teammate Meg Lanning follows her, needing 45 innings to reach the feat.

The world record, however, is held by former South Africa batsman Hashim Amla, who took just 40 innings to score 2,000-ODI runs.

Brief Scores

West Indies 194/10 in 50 overs (Stefanie Taylor 79, Stacy Ann King 38; Jhulan Goswami 2/30) lost out to India 195/4 in 42.1 overs (Smriti Mandhana 77, Jemimah Rodrigues 69; Hayley Mathews 3/27) by six wickets.

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