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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|Mignon du Preez||108||2857||33.61||116*||2||0||–||–||0||25||0|
|Dane van Niekerk||88||1535||31.97||81||0||121||18.31||5-17||2||45||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
|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).