On Saturday (July 15), all the eight teams were in action for the last round of league matches in the Women’s World Cup 2017, with the India-New Zealand game being the virtual quarterfinal.
Riding on Mithali Raj’s 109, along with the half-centuries from Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy, India set a target of 266. In response, New Zealand were skittled out for just 79 as Rajeshwari Gayakwad took 5 for 15 in a game which promised a competitive contest but proved to be a one-sided encounter.
Here, we take a statistical look at the Super Saturday games:
* In Australia’s game against South Africa, Ellyse Perry scored her fifth consecutive half-century (55) in One-Day Internationals. Raj, with seven successive scores of 50-plus, holds the record with the last one coming against England during India’s opening match in this World Cup.
* All of Perry’s five half-centuries have come in this World Cup. With that, she has also equalled the record for most scores of 50 or more in a single edition of the tournament. In the 1988 World Cup, Debbie Hockley of New Zealand also scored five scores of 50-plus.
* South Africa’s Sune Luus took five wickets against Australia but conceded 67 runs from her quota of ten overs, making it the most expensive fifer in women’s ODIs. Previously, this unwanted record belonged to Pakistan’s Qanita Jalil, who took 5 for 62 against India in Jaipur in 2006.
* India beat New Zealand by 186 runs – the fourth biggest victory for India in all ODIs and the biggest margin of victory in this World Cup, surpassing Australia’s 159-run win over Pakistan in Leicester earlier this month.
Biggest victories for India in ODIs (by runs)
|249 runs||359||Ireland||Potchefstroom||May 15, 2017|
|207 runs||284||Pakistan||Dambulla||May 9, 2008|
|193 runs||290||Pakistan||Karachi||December 30, 2005|
|186 runs||266||New Zealand||Derby||July 15, 2017|
|182 runs||276||Pakistan||Kurunegala||May 5, 2008|
* New Zealand were bowled out for just 79 – their lowest total in World Cups. Coincidentally, their previous lowest (80) was also against India, in the 1982 World Cup.
* India’s victory sealed their spot in the semifinal. This also meant New Zealand finished outside of the top four for the first time in a World Cup since its inception in 1973.
* Raj’s hundred (109) was the sixth of her career. No other Indian batter has more than two. During her innings, she also went past 1000 runs in Women’s World Cups – the fifth batter to do so.
Most runs in World Cups
|Debbie Hockley (NZ)||1982-2000||45||43||8||1501||100*||42.88||2||10|
|Janette Brittin (Eng)||1982-1997||36||35||5||1299||138*||43.30||4||3|
|Charlotte Edwards (Eng)||1997-2013||30||28||5||1231||173*||53.52||4||7|
|Belinda Clark (Aus)||1993-2005||29||26||7||1151||229*||60.57||1||6|
|Mithali Raj (Ind)||2000-2017||29||27||8||1086||109||57.15||2||9|
* In the wooden spoon contest, Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 15 runs, which meant Pakistan failed to register a single win from their seven matches. Out of their four appearances in the World Cup history (1997, 2009, 2013, and 2017), they have returned winless on three occasions (1997, 2013, and 2017).
* Javeria Khan’s 24, though, saw her become the leading run-scorer for Pakistan in ODIs, going past Bismah Maroof’s tally of 2082 runs in 92 games. Javeria now has 2086 runs in 82 matches.