Smriti Mandhana sets the bar higher

Canterbury, September 21

India’s star batter Smriti Mandhana today crossed the 3000 runs milestone in ODIs, becoming the third Indian woman to achieve the landmark in the format.

Mandhana reached the feat in her 76th ODI innings, surpassing India legend Mithali Raj who crossed the mark in 88 innings. Mandhana achieved this feat during the second ODI of the three-match series against Engalnd. Mandhana has an average of over 43.

Harleen Deol (in pic) and Smriti Mandhana shared 113 runs vs England. Reuters

Mandhana was the third fastest Indian to the mark after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. While Dhawan reached 3000 ODI runs in 72 innings, Kohli did it in 75 innings.

The left-handed opener, who made her ODI debut in 2013, has five centuries and 24 half-centuries in the format. The third Indian women’s player to cross the mark is current skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.

Mandhana is also the third-fastest to the mark in women’s ODI cricket, sitting behind Australians Belinda Clark (62 innings) and Meg Lanning (64 innings). — ANI

Harmanpreet hits 143, India score big

Canterbury: Captain Harmanpreet Kaur smashed a 111-ball 143, her fifth ODI century, as India posted their second-highest total in the women’s ODIs today. India scored 333/5, which was also their highest ODI score against England. Harleen Deol scored her first ODI half-century, scoring 58 off 72 balls. Agencies

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