Indian women’s cricketers Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut created a world record against Ireland in a Women’s Quadrangular Series match in South Africa by putting on a record-breaking 320-run opening stand. This is the highest partnership for any wicket in women ODIs and the first instance of a triple-hundred stand in women ODIs.
Opting to bat first, India slammed a mammoth 358 for 3 at the end of 50 overs. While, Deepti scored 188 runs off just 167 balls, laced with as many as 27 fours and two sixes, her partner Poona scored 109 off 116 balls before getting retired out.
This is also the 3rd-highest stand for any wicket across genders; the record stays with Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who had added 372 for the 2nd wicket against Zimbabwe in 2014-15; Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar (331 for the 2nd wicket against New Zealand in 1999-00) come next.
The brilliant opening stand also overpowered Tharanga and Jayasuriya’s 286-run world record ODI partnership for the first wicket. Also Read: This is why AB de Villiers is ‘scared’ of Indian cricket
Talking about the individual performance and records, Deepti scored the 2nd-highest total by a batter in Women’s ODIs by scoring 188 runs. The first is Belinda Clarke who scored 229* against Denmark in 1997-98. Deepti’s 188 now becomes highest individual score by an Indian women’s player.
Also, Deepti’s score is the joint 4th-highest by a left-handed batter in ODIs after Gayle (215 vs Zimbabwe in 2014-15), Saeed Anwar (194 vs India in 1997), Sanath Jayasuriya (189 vs India in 2000)and Gary Kirsten (188* vs UAE in 1995-96).
The pair of Deepti and Poonam is the 2nd Indian women pair to score centuries in an ODI innings and 8th overall to do so among the openers. Also Check: Chris Gayle picks his favourite to win India vs Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match
India set a total of 358 runs which is India’s highest ever team total in the ODIs. They have surpassed their previous best of 298 for two against West Indies women made in 2004.
Indian eves completely dominated the Ireland bowlers and the way the current match is turning out to be, it is only a matter of time before India make it to the final with an all-win record. The other two teams in the tournament are South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Also, earlier in the series, India pacer Jhulan Goswami had become the all-time highest wicket-taker in Women’s ODIs. She has grabbed 181 wickets in 153 matches, till date.