Women’s Cricket: India’s Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut Sets new Record
The partnership of Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut scored 320 in 45.3 overs in 45.3 overs to become the world’s first pair, either male or female, to forge a 300-run opening-wicket partnership in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). The earlier best partnership for the first wicket in men’s cricket was 286 scored by Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya against England in 2006, and the best partnership for the first wicket for women’s cricket was 268 scored by Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins against South Africa in 2008.
Also, Deepti Sharma’s 188 runs is now the second highest score in women’s one-day international only behind Australia’s Belinda Clark’s unbeaten 229 against Denmark in 1997. She has also bettered the 138 runs scored by Jaya Sharma against Pakistan in 2005.
The stellar performance of Deepti and Poonam resulted in India’s massive 249-run win over Ireland in the quadrangular series in Potchefstroom ,South Africa.