Mithali Raj becomes first Indian woman to score 10000 runs in international cricket

Mithali is also the second woman after former England captain Charlotte Edwards to achieve this feat.
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Captain Mithali Raj on Friday became the first woman cricketer from India and the second overall to cross 10,000 runs in international cricket. Mithali's knock of 36 runs against South Africa in the third ODI on Friday took her career tally to 10,001 runs at an average of 46.73.

The 38-year-old has so far scored 6,974 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 50.53; 2,364 runs in T20Is at 37.52; and 663 runs in Test cricket at 51.00.

She has also scored a whopping 75 half centuries and eight centuries.

Mithali is India's all-time highest run scorer in ODIs and T20Is and the fourth highest in Tests behind Sandhya Agarwal (1,110 runs), Shanta Rangaswamy (750) and Shubhangi Kulkarni (700).

Former England captain Charlotte Edwards was the only woman to have scored more than 10,000 runs in international cricket before Mithali.

Edwards, 41, retired from international cricket in May 2016 and later retired from all forms of the game in September 2017. She scored 5,992 runs in 191 ODIs, 2,605 runs in 95 T20Is and 1,676 runs in 23 Tests.

Meanwhile, Punam Raut's 77 pushed India women's score to 248 runs for the loss of five wickets after batting first in their third ODI against South Africa on Friday. This is Punam's second consecutive half century of the series.

Fast bowler Shabnim Ismail took two wickets for the visitors while Marizanne Kapp, Tumi Sekhukhune and Anne Bosch got a wicket each at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium.

Shabnim struck with the second ball of the match as opener Jemimah Rodrigues edged an away swinging delivery to wicketkeeper Sinalo Jafta. But India managed to get partnerships after that with Smriti Mandhana (25) and Punam first putting up 64 for the second wicket.

Punam and captain Mithali Raj then put up 77 for the third wicket. Mithali was dismissed for 36, becoming Bosch's first ODI wicket, as she flicked a low full toss straight down the throat of the fielder at midwicket. 

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