Stats: Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami achieve new milestones in the 1st ODI vs Sri Lanka Women

This game was Mithali Raj’s 118th game as captain in ODI format making her the most capped captain in Women’s ODI history.

Mithali Raj & Jhulan Goswami
Mithali Raj & Jhulan Goswami. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India Women began the Sri Lankan tour with a huge 9-wicket win in the first of the 3-match ODI series which comes under the ICC Women’s ODI Championship. In the game played at the Galle Stadium, Sri Lanka Women elected to bat first but were bowled out for only 98. Mansi Joshi took 3/16 in 6.1 overs while Jhulan Goswami and Poonam Yadav took two wickets apiece. If not for skipper Chamari Attapaththu’s 33 and Sripali Weerakoddy’s 26, the hosts would have got out for an even lower score.

The 99-run chase was a walk in the park for Smriti Mandhana who kept finding the boundaries during the recent Kia Super League. She put on a 96-run opening partnership with Punam Raut, who got out for 24 when India needed three more runs to complete a win. Mandhana brought up her fifty with a six off just 42 balls and remained unbeaten on 73 with 11 fours and two sixes. India chased down the target with 181 balls to spare which is their biggest ODI win in terms of balls to spare while chasing a target of 99 and more.

Most matches as captain in Women’s ODI cricket:

This game was Mithali Raj’s 118th game as captain in ODI format making her the most capped captain in Women’s ODI history. With that, Mithali surpassed Charlotte Edwards’ 117 appearances as skipper and equalled the England player’s 72 wins. She is now only behind Belinda Clark in the list of most wins as captain in the Women’s ODI cricket. Earlier in April this year, Mithali became the most capped Women’s ODI cricketer during the home series against England.

Another senior player Jhulan Goswami, who recently announced retirement from the T20I format, bagged a couple of wickets in this game. Jhulan’s first wicket, Nipuni Hansika was her 300th wicket in International cricket. Thus, she became the first Women to claim 300 wickets across all International formats. She is also the only Women with 200+ wickets in the ODI format till date.

Most wickets by a player in Women’s International cricket:

(Stats as on September 11, 2018)

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