India Women swept aside Ireland Women with a record One-Day International stand of 320 between Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut on Monday (May 15), to keep up their dominant showing in the Women’s Quadrilateral Series in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
The openers brought up maiden hundreds, with Deepti going on to post 188, the second-highest individual score in Women’s ODIs, in a stand that lasted for 45.3 overs. Shikha Pandey’s 14-ball 27 lifted the total to 358 for 3, before Pandey and Rajeshwari Gayakwad starred with the ball to bundle Ireland out for 109 in 40 overs and ensure a 249-run win.
Deepti, who brought up her hundred with a four off the 126th ball she faced, needed just 34 more deliveries for the 85 runs after that. She finished with 27 fours – another record – and two sixes in her innings.
Mary Waldron, Ireland’s experienced wicketkeeper-batter, top scored while putting up a steady opening partnership of 42. However, her side lost their way after that, with the last seven wickets falling in the space of 36 runs.
Brief scores: India Women 358/3 in 50 overs (Deepti Sharma 188, Poonam Raut 109 retd. hurt, Shikha Pandey 27) beat Ireland Women 109 in 40 overs (Mary Waldron 35, Jennifer Gray 26; S Pandey 3-16, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 4-18) by 249 runs.
South Africa v Zimbabwe
A four-wicket haul from Shabnim Ismail, the pacer, set up a seven wicket-win for South Africa in their one-dayer against Zimbabwe Women.
Ismail combined with Sune Luus and Masabata Klaas, who picked up two wickets each, and Marizanne Kapp, who gave away just 15 in her eight overs, to restrict their opponents to 113 all out in 40.2 overs.
The home team did not dominate their reply to the extent they would have liked, the top order guilty of not building on starts. But the total was never going to ask very tough questions of them, and they got there at a brisk pace with 172 balls to spare.
Brief scores: Zimbabwe Women 113 in 40.2 overs (Modester Mupachikwa 29; Shabnim Ismail 4-14, Sune Luus 2-24, Masabata Klaas 2-12) lost to South Africa Women 114/3 in 21.2 overs (Andrie Steyn 22, Mignon du Preez 22*) by seven wickets.