Mithali Raj beats Virat Kohli in T20 Internationals

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Mithali Raj scaled a new peak on Thursday when she scored 23 to help India women’s team beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup at Kuala Lumpur.

Raj became the first Indian to breach the 2000-run mark in the T20 Internationals when she reached seven with a single off Sugandika Kumari during their chase of 108 at Royal Selangor Club.

No other Indian has scored 2000 runs. Virat Kohli, the Indian men’s team skipper, has 1983 runs from 57 matches. He is currently third in the list of most runs in men’s T20Is behind Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill.

The star batswoman now has 2015 runs and is the seventh woman cricketer to score over 2000 runs after Charlotte Edwards (2605 runs), Stafanie Taylor (2582), Suzie Bates (2515), Meg Lanning (2105), Sarah Taylor (2091) and Deandra Dottin (2039).

On Thursday, Raj was involved in two important partnerships in the low-scoring match.

She first shared a 21-run stand with her opening partner Smriti Mandhana and then added 34 with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur for the second wicket.

The 35-year-old last year became the leading run-getter in the women’s one day internationals during the World Cup in England.

Raj now has 6373 runs in ODIs from 194 matches and averages 50.18. The ODI skipper also has six centuries and 50 fifties.

Raj also holds the record for seven consecutive half-centuries in ODIs.

Her first of the seven fifties came against Sri Lanka when she hit 70 not out at Colombo in February, 2017. Following that she scored an unbeaten 64 (South Africa), 73 (Bangladesh), 51* (South Africa), 54 (South Africa), 62* (South Africa), 71 (England) — all in 2017.

 

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