File: Deepti Sharma's 188 v Ireland Women is the second-highest individual score in Women's ODIs. © ICC

File: Deepti Sharma’s 188 v Ireland Women is the second-highest individual score in Women’s ODIs. © ICC

Deepti Sharma (188) and Poonam Raut (109 retd. hurt) set a new world record in Women’s One-Day Internationals with an opening stand of 320 runs during India’s game against Ireland at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Monday (May 15). As their maiden centuries took India’s tally of hundreds to 18, Wisden India looks at the records the duo broke during their association that spanned 45.3 overs.

The record partnership
Deepti and Raut put on 320 runs, which included 38 fours and two sixes, at 7.03. It is now the best partnership in all Women’s ODIs. They surpassed the 268-run opening stand between Sarah Taylor (129) and Caroline Atkins (145) for England Women against South Africa Women at Lord’s on August 8, 2008.

India’s previous best stand was between Reshma Gandhi (104 not out) and Mithali Raj (114 not out) against Ireland in Milton Keyes on June 26, 1999. They had an unbroken partnership of 258 on their ODI debuts.

This is only the second 300-run partnership in women’s cricket across three formats. The other one was between Lindsay Reeler (110 not out) and Denise Annetts (193) for Australia Women in a Test match against England in August 1987.

Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut put on 320 runs in 45.3 overs.

Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut put on 320 runs in 45.3 overs.


Raut’s unique status
Raut is now involved in India’s highest partnership in all three formats of the game. She had added 275 for the second wicket with MD Thirushkamini in the Test against South Africa in Mysore in November 2014. Before that the duo had put on an opening stand of 130 against Bangladesh Women in a Twenty20 International in Vadodara in April 2013.

Two centurions in one game
This is only the second time that two Indians scored a century in one ODI. The previous instance was in the aforementioned game against Ireland in Milton Keyes.

India became the third team, after Australia (4) and England (6), to have two players making centuries in a game more than once.

It was also the eighth occasion when two openers scored a century in an innings. The last one that happened was in June last year when Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont did so for England against Pakistan in Worcester.

Deepti’s magnum opus
Deepti how holds the record for the second-highest individual score in Women’s ODIs, only behind Belinda Clark’s unbeaten 229 for Australia against Denmark Women in Mumbai during the 1997 World Cup.

Deepti went past Charlotte Edwards’s 173 not out for England against Ireland, which had come in Pune on the same day as Clark’s achievement, December 16, 1997, to take the second spot.

Player Score Balls For Against Place Date
Belinda Clark 229* 155 Australia v Denmark Mumbai 16-Dec-97
Deepti Sharma 188 160 India v Ireland Potchefstroom 15-May-17
Charlotte Edwards 173* 155 England v Ireland Pune 16-Dec-97
Sarah Taylor 171 137 West Indies v Sri Lanka Mumbai 03-Feb-13
Tammy Beaumont 168* 144 England v Pakistan Taunton 27-Jun-16
Suzie Bates 168 105 New Zealand v Pakistan Sydney 19-Mar-09

Jaya Sharma’s 138 not out against Pakistan in Karachi in December 2005 was the highest by an Indian before this.

“One of the players to really look forward to is Deepti Sharma. I personally enjoy watching her bat. She is a very stylish player,” Mithali told Wisden India. “She is also an offspinner, and a good athlete. She could be the ideal allrounder that we have been searching for ages in the Indian team. She is one player you can look for in the future.”

Most fours in an innings
Deepti hit 27 fours during her 160-ball knock. It is now the most number of fours hit by a batter in one innings. The previous record was Rachel Priest’s 23 hits to the fence during her 157 for New Zealand against Sri Lanka Women in Lincoln in November 2015 .

India’s best
Deepti fell in the 46th over and Raut retired out soon after that, but Shikha Pandey’s 18-ball 27 took India to 358 for 3. It is now tenth-highest total in Women’s ODIs. They became the sixth team, after New Zealand, Australia, England, Netherlands Women and West Indies Women, to cross the 350-run mark.

India’s previous best was 298 for 2 against West Indies in Dhanbad on February 26, 2004.

Bad day for Kenealy
Amy Kenealy finished with figures of 10-0-78-0, the tenth most expensive spell in an ODI. The record still belongs to Shaiza Khan’s 10-0-111-0 for Pakistan Women against Australia in 1997.

India’s best win
Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s career-best returns of 4 for 18 and Pandey’s 3 for 16 were instrumental in Ireland being bowled out for 109 in 40 overs. The 249-run win is India’s best in terms of run margin. Their previous best was the 207-run triumph over Pakistan in the Asia Cup in Dambulla in May 2008. Only Mithali and Jhulan Goswami were a part of that win from the current team.

This is also the sixth-best win in terms of run margin overall, with New Zealand’s 408-run win over Pakistan in Christchurch in January 1997 heading the list.

*This story has been updated to reflect the highest individual score by an Indian before this.