Bristol: Opening batter Punam Raut scored the second ODI century of her career to steer the Indian women’s cricket team to a competitive total of 226 for 7 from 50 overs against Australia at County Grounds in Bristol, on Wednesday.
The Aussies started off well, with Ashleigh Gardner removing star batter Smriti Mandhana, early on.
The Indian ladies would ideally have been looking to capitalise on the last 10 overs to put up a big score, but the Aussies managed to rein them back with wickets at regular intervals.
Megan Schutt (2-52) and Ellyse Perry (2-37) were the pick of the Aussie bowlers.
India captain Mithali, thanks to a gritty 69 she scored off 114 balls, became the first woman to score 6,000 runs in ODI cricket, surpassing Charlotte Edwards of England.
India: 226-7 from 50 overs (Punam Raut 106, Mithali Raj 69; Megan Schutt 2-52, Ellyse Perry 2-37)....