Deepti, Punam create history with record stand
The Indian women’s cricket team breached the 300-run mark in the ODIs for the first time scoring 358 for three in match eight of the Women’s Quadrangular series at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, against Ireland women on Monday. The base for this record score was setup by openers Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut who combined for a women’s world record of 320-run stand for the opening wicket with Sharma scoring 188 and Raut scoring 109. The partnership is the first 300 plus stand in Women’s ODIs. Sharma, the 19-year-old from Uttar Pradesh, set up India’s massive 249-run win as India rattled a commanding 358-3 after skipper Mithali Raj won the toss and decided to bat first.
Sharma’s 160-ball superb innings was studded with 27 boundaries and two sixes, while Raut hit 11 fours in her 116-ball 109 innings at the Senwes Park. Sharma is now only behind Australia’s Belinda Clarke, who had cracked an unbeaten 229 against Denmark in 1997 at Mumbai. The knock is best by an Indian as she betterd the unbeaten 138 by Jaya Sharma against Pakistan in 2005.