Team star cricket player Smriti Mandhana from India had a great day at the office when India defeated West Indies with six wickets to win the ODI series 2-1. Mandhana, who was named player of the game for her brilliant 74-run knockout, registered a number of milestones on Wednesday.
Mandhana equaled Suzi Bates' record in New Zealand for the most consecutive scores of more than fifty while chasing in the ODI & # 39; s. She continued to boost her 9th consecutive fifty while chasing in ODI cricket. Mandhana has scored 663 points in her last 9 innings during a staggering average of 110.5.
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Mandhana also became the second fastest Indian (both men and women) to reach 2,000 ODI runs that passed the former Indian captain and now BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who had taken 52 innings. She took 51 innings to reach the milestone. Navjot Singh Siddhu had also taken 52 innings to reach 2000 ODI runs, while the current India captain Virat Kohli had reached 53. Only Shikhar Dhawan reached the milestone faster than Mandhana and took 48 innings.
She has so far scored 2,025 points in 51 ODIs with an average of 43.08. She has so far scored four centuries and 17 fifties in her ODI career.
Mandhana is also the third fastest cricket for women to reach 2000 ODI runs after Belinda Clark and Meg Lanning in Australia.
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The Australian Belinda Clark is the record holder as the fastest batswoman to score 2,000 ODI runs. She had taken 41 innings and is followed by team-mate Meg Lanning, who needed 45 innings to reach the milestone.
In men's cricket, retired South African batsman Hashim Amla holds the distinction of being the fastest up to 2000 ODI runs. He had reached the milestone in 40 innings.
Mandhana held a 141-run opening position with Jemimah Rodrigues when India chased the 195-run goal with six wickets in hand at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Wednesday.
It was her first ODI since the home series against England in February and the third half century in a row, with 63 and 66 against the British team in Mumbai. Rodrigues, who had scored 41 in the defeat of India in the opening ODI, took 92 balls for her 69-run battle that had six limits.
Earlier, seasoned pacer Jhulan Goswami (2/30) and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (2/35) shared four wickets between them, making the rival middle order more difficult after the West Indies opted for bat.
It was pacer Shikha Pandey and leg spinner Rajeshwari Gaekwad, who removed the top order when five of the six Indian bowlers were in action under the wickets.
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