Women's WC: New Zealand win toss, put India to bat

Mithali Raj’s classy 109 – her first century in more than three years and also the first-ever against a top-three nation – was a perfect lesson on batting

Women's WC: New Zealand win toss, put India to bat

The Indian team now has two world record-holders with pacer Jhulan Goswami being the leading wicket-taker.

Please Wait while comments are loading. The skipper, however, completed the job she had left half done in their tournament opener against England and went on to register her sixth ODI hundred, and first since January 2014.

Her own dismissal off the seventh ball started a slide which they couldn't stop. Even in this match, scoring runs won't be an easy task. "Her contribution was really very crucial", she said.

In 2002 World-Cup Raj had to sit out as she fell sick during the tournament. Tasked with rebuilding the innings, Raj stitched two century partnerships - with Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy - that propelled India to a challenging 265 - their best score against New Zealand - in the must-win clash.

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After losing to Australia, it will be a do-or-die match for India as well as for New Zealand. The likes of Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Punam Raut, among others, have shown their potential over the last couple of years but inconsistency has held them back from reaching the next level. If India lose the match, it will be the last ever World Cup match for captain and ODI record-holder Mihali Raj. Mithali Raj now has 6,028 runs in 181 ODIs at an average of 51.37.

There are too many records against her name. As a 14-year-old, only 2 months after her provincial debut, she claimed 3 for 19 for the Wellington Blaze against Otago, as the Blaze claimed an emphatic 10-wicket victory to be crowned champions.

A win in this match will open the gates for both the teams for the semi-finals on Saturday, July 15. She also averages 65.07 when chasing and 109.68 in successful chases.

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