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Mithali Raj passes milestone but Australia progresses to semifinals

13 July 2017

For she is in a class of her own and widely called the Sachin Tendulkar of women's cricket for her phenomenal consistency at the highest level ever since she made her ODI debut in 1999 with a century against Ireland. Since then, Kiran Baluch (242 against Windies) of Pakistan has surpassed her achievement. Also, she has hit seven consecutive half-centuries from February 7, 2017, and has become the first and only woman cricketer to reach 6000 ODI runs. She scored 69 runs from 114 balls in the match. India needs to win at;east one out of the two matches against Australi and New Zealand to go through to the semi-finals.

It was a tournament where England proved to be too strong for others and hoisted the trophy.

Shikha Pandey, who came back into the side against South Africa and took three wickets for 40 runs, said her team was aware of the precarious position they were in. "I always look for improvements in my game and scoring runs gives me a high", the unassuming Hyderabadi dwells on her run-scoring spree.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also expressed their happiness on the Jodhpur woman's feat.

"It's a World Cup so every game has an edge to it".

After this loss, India are now placed at the fourth spot with eight points.

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"She is a quality player".

Winning the toss and electing to field, Australia struck early to reduce India to 1-26 only for the captain Mithali Raj and opener Punam Raut to put on 155 for the second wicket. She also has an elder brother- Mithun Raj.

Throughout her illustrious career, Mithali has swept across records at will and the saga started from her very first ODI in India colours. The coach of the academy - Jyothi Prasad - noted her potential and from the maidans of Secunderabad emerged India's greatest female batter.

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Mithali Raj passes milestone but Australia progresses to semifinals