Laura Wolvaardt, who reached 1000 runs in a record 27 innings for South Africa, helped the hosts beat India Women in the final ODI. © ICC

Laura Wolvaardt, who reached 1000 runs in a record 27 innings for South Africa, helped the hosts beat India Women in the final ODI. © ICC

India kicked off their ICC Women’s Championship campaign with a 2-1 victory over South Africa Women. After winning the first two games comprehensively, it looked like India might register their first clean sweep away from home in a bilateral series with three or more matches. But Mignon du Preez (90 not out) and Laura Wolvaardt (59) helped South Africa chase a stiff 241-run target with seven wickets and four balls to spare in the final game at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Saturday (February 10).

During the course of her innings, Wolvaardt completed 1000 ODI runs in her 27th innings, the joint-fourth fastest along with Belinda Clark. The record lies with Lindsay Reeler of Australia who reached the landmark in 23 innings.

Fastest to 1000 ODI runs

Player Inns Opposition Venue Match Date
Lindsay Reeler (Aus) 23 England Melbourne December 18, 1988
Meg Lanning (Aus) 25 South Africa Sydney November 23, 2016
Nicole Bolton (Aus) 25 England Brighton August 25, 2013
Belinda Clark (Aus) 27 Pakistan Melbourne February 7, 1997
Laura Wolvaardt (SA) 27 India Potchefstroom February 10, 2018

At 18 years and 290 days, Wolvaardt is the youngest to reach the milestone.

In the second ODI at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley, which India won by 124 runs, Smriti Mandhana levelled Harmanpreet Kaur’s tally of three ODI hundreds with her innings of 135. For India, only Mithali Raj (six) has more ODI tons.

Mandhana’s 135 is also the fourth highest individual score by an Indian batter. Three of the top four of those scores have come during the last one year.

Highest individual scores for India

Player Runs Balls 4s 6s Opposition Venue Match Date
Deepti Sharma 188 160 27 2 Ireland Potchefstroom May 15, 2017
Harmanpreet Kaur 171* 115 20 7 Australia Derby July 20, 2017
Jaya Sharma 138* 150 15 0 Pakistan Karachi December 30, 2005
Smriti Mandhana 135 129 14 1 South Africa Kimberley February 7, 2018
Mithali Raj 114* 139 12 0 Ireland Milton Keynes June 26, 1999

Riding on Mandhana’s century, India posted 302 for 3 on the board – their second-highest total in ODIs.

Highest team totals for India

Score Overs Opposition Venue Match Date
358/2 50 Ireland Potchefstroom May 15, 2017
302/3 50 South Africa Kimberley February 7, 2018
298/2 50 West Indies Dhanbad February 26, 2004
289/2 50 Pakistan Karachi December 30, 2005
284/6 50 West Indies Mumbai (BS) January 31, 2013

During South Africa’s innings, Jhulan Goswami dismissed Wolvaardt to become the first woman to reach the landmark of 200 ODI wickets. Goswami, who became the leading wicket-taker in women’s ODIs last year, now has 200 wickets from 166 matches at an average of 21.67.

Most wickets in ODIs

Player Mat Wkts Ave BBI SR Econ 5WM
Jhulan Goswami (Ind) 166 200 21.67 6-31 40.10 3.24 2
Cathryn Fitzpatrick (Aus) 109 180 16.79 5-14 33.40 3.01 4
Lisa Sthalekar (Aus) 125 146 24.97 5-35 40.80 3.66 1
Anisa Mohammed (WI) 111 145 19.07 7-14 34.30 3.32 5
Neetu David (Ind) 97 141 16.34 5-20 34.60 2.82 2

For Trisha Chetty, the South African wicketkeeper, this was the 100th ODI. She became only the second South African women after du Preez to reach the milestone.

Most ODIs for South Africa

Player Mat Runs Ave HS 100 Wkts Ave BBI 5WM Ct St
Mignon du Preez 108 2857 33.61 116* 2 0 0 25 0
Trisha Chetty 100 2419 30.62 95 0 97 42
Dane van Niekerk 88 1535 31.97 81 0 121 18.31 5-17 2 45 0
Marizanne Kapp 87 1572 27.10 102* 1 90 25.10 4-14 0 24 0
Shabnim Ismail 79 370 12.33 34 0 115 20.16 6-10 1 23 0

In the first ODI, also at Diamond Oval in Kimberley, Goswami completed 1000 runs in ODI cricket, thus becoming only the fourth player in women’s ODI cricket to achieve a treble of 1000 runs, 50 wickets, and 50 catches. Charlotte Edwards of England was the first to achieve this feat, followed by Suzie Bates of New Zealand and Stafanie Taylor of Windies.

Apart from 200 wickets, Goswami’s 60 catches as a fielder are also a record in women’s ODIs. She is also the eighth player with a double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets after Lisa Sthalekar (Australia), Shashikala Siriwardene (Sri Lanka), Jenny Gunn (England), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Stafanie Taylor (Windies), Dane van Niekerk (South Africa) and Sana Mir (Pakistan).

Players with 1000 runs, 50 wickets and 50 catches

Player Mat Runs Ave HS 100 Wkts BBI Ave 5WM Ct
Charlotte Edwards (Eng) 191 5992 38.16 173* 9 54 4-30 21.74 0 52
Suzie Bates (NZ) 107 3807 41.83 168 8 74 4-7 32.67 0 54
Stafanie Taylor (WI) 108 4028 43.31 171 5 127 4-17 19.03 0 54
Jhulan Goswami (Ind) 166 1003 13.93 57 0 200 6-31 21.67 2 60

Apart from this, during the series, Mandhana and Deepti Sharma became the seventh and the eighth batter respectively to complete 1000 ODI runs for India, while Harmanpreet went past Jaya Sharma’s aggregate of 2091 ODI runs. She is now India’s third highest run-scorer behind Raj (6259) and Anjum Chopra (2856).