In­dian women blast record 320 open­ing stand

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NEW DELHI: In­dia open­ers Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut put on a record one-day in­ter­na­tional 320-run part­ner­ship as their coun­try routed Ire­land.

The mam­moth stand was the best in women’s cricket and sur­passed the men’s ODI record for an open­ing part­ner­ship of 286 be­tween Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jaya­suriya and Upul Tha­ranga against Eng­land in 2006.

The match, part of a four-na­tion se­ries in Potch­es­f­room, South Africa, saw the first 300plus stand in a women’s ODI.

The pre­vi­ous best was 268 be­tween Eng­land’s Sarah Tay­lor and Caro­line Atkins against South Africa in 2008.

Deepti (188) and Poonam (109) played out for 45.3 overs dur­ing their epic stand af­ter In­dia elected to bat in Monday’s game, which they won by 249 runs.

Deepti, who hit 27 fours and two sixes dur­ing her 160-ball in­nings, helped In­dia to 358 for 2 in their 50 overs. Ire­land were bun­dled out for 109.

Deepti’s knock was the In­dia’s high­est in women’s cricket and sec­ond only to Aus­tralian Belinda Clark’s 229 not out on the all­time list.

The record ODI stand for any wicket is held by the West In­dian pair Chris Gayle and Mar­lon Sa­muels who put on 372 for the sec­ond wicket in a World Cup match against Zim­babwe at Can­berra in 2015.

With four wins from four matches, In­dia are the only un­beaten side in the tournament with wins over South Africa, Ire­land (twice) and Zim­babwe.

The Mithali Raj-led In­dia are on a 16-match win­ning streak and one win away from equalling Aus­tralia’s record of 17 con­sec­u­tive ODI wins. AFP

Deepti Sharma (left) and Poonam Raut make his­tory

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