Mithali Raj Hits Fine Century vs New Zealand

Mithali Raj’s classy 109 – her first century in more than three years and also the first-ever against a top-three nation – was a perfect lesson on batting

New Zealand are playing the quarter final of ICC Women's World cup and it is about to end.

Gayakwad said, "I was out for six games but I didn't feel bad".

In fact, India lost three wickets in the final over, in the space of four deliveries, for eight runs.

The Indian team now have two current world record holders with pacer Jhulan Goswami being the leading wicket-taker in 50-over cricket.

Amy Satterthwaite's 26 was the only score past 12 as New Zealand's middle order batters offered little resistance, which Bates concedes has been a problem throughout the tournament.

At the age of 17, Raj was picked for the Indian team and in 1999, she made her debut in England against Ireland in a WODI match. The victor on 15th July and will get the last spot on the semi-final list. Yes, you got it right - we are talking about Mithali Dorai Raj, skipper of the Indian Women's Cricket Team.

Left-arm orthodox bowler Rajeshwari Gayakwad destroyed the New Zealand batting line-up with figures of 5/15 and ensured that the White Ferns were never in the chase. Even in this match, scoring runs won't be an easy task. India will have to channel the same spirit that propelled them to four consecutive wins to start the tournament. New Zealand, on the other hand, made two changes - Hannah Rowe and Maddy Green come in for Holly Huddleston and Erin Bermingham. "This victory will go a long way in boosting our team's confidence with the ICC World Cup title in sight".

While Veda dismantled the New Zealanders, hitting big shots at will, Raj brought up her sixth ODI hundred.

During the Women's World Cup, her activity of reading before going out to bat has also caught the attention of fans.

Coming in the eighth over at the team score of 21-2 at the fall of opener Smriti Mandhana (13), Mithali anchored the Indian innings magnificently. Today, India can boast of a handful of talented women cricketers but for the longest of times, Mithali, nearly alone, carried the weight of the Indian batting on her shoulders.

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