Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut set record for highest ever opening stand in ODI cricket

Just days after Jhulan Goswami became the all-time leading wicket taker in women’s ODI cricket, Indian openers Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut set the record for the highest ever opening partnership in ODI history, across men’s or women’s cricket.

The opening pair put on a 320 run stand for the first wicket, as they both scored their maiden ODI hundreds to help India to a huge win over Ireland in Potchefstoom. Sharma made 188 off 160 balls, while Raut retired on 109 off 116 balls, three balls after Sharma was dismissed.  They hit a combined 38 fours and two sixes in the opening partnership, which helped India put up a score of 358 for 2 in 50 overs.

In reply, Ireland could manage only 109 runs, as India registered a 249 run victory – the sixth highest margin of victory in women’s ODI cricket. Acting secretary of the BCCI, Amitabh Choudhary said, “The Indian Women’s team are on a record-breaking spree in the Women’s Quadrangular Series and I congratulate them for their all-round show. It started with Jhulan Goswami becoming the leading wicket taker in Women’s ODIs and today we have witnessed a plethora of records.”

“The Indian Women’s Team have not only been consistent in the ongoing series but they have dominated their opposition right from the start. With the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 just around the corner, I am confident that Team India will carry their winning momentum into the big event.”

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