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On this day in 2002: Teenager Mithali Raj smashed double ton against England

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It was on August 16, 2002, when a 19-year-old Mithali Raj’s knock of 214 runs against England in the second Test at Taunton, which was correspondingly the uppermost score in Women’s cricket till Pakistani batsman Kiran Baloch smashed the record in 2004. Raj herself had wrecked the record set by Karen Rolton back in the year 2001.

In the match against England, India won the toss and decided to bowl first. Batting first, England was bundled out for 329 runs and Raj’s double century facilitated India grasp 429 runs. Skipper Anjum Chopra, who scored 52, along with Hemalata Kala who scored 62 and Jhulan Goswami who scored 62, supported Raj, and also put on a 157-run stand with Raj for the seventh wicket. India was eventually bowled out for 467.

Other outstanding performances came from Indian spinner Neetu David, who took four wickets in the match.
The most prominent performance for England was from the bat of LK Newton, who managed scored 98 in the first innings of the match.

England itemized at 198/6 in their second innings and the game ended in a draw. The two-match Test series ended 0-0.

Though, the match ended as a draw with England managing to hang on in the second innings.
But this was Raj’s third Test innings only and it showed the kind of talent she possessed; thus, it made the innings altogether more special.

As far as the first match of the series is concerned, the match ended without a ball being bowled.
At the same time, she had other adjustments to make as well. When I made my debut, I was the only kid in the team. Almost everyone else was nearly double my age, which meant I had to reach out to them, she had smilingly admitted to Cricket Country in an interview.

In a career of about 21 years, Mithali has played only 10 Tests and averages over 50. Whereas in ODIs, she has played 209 matches and has scored 6888 runs, at an average of 50.64. Speaking about T20Is, in 89 matches she’s 2364 runs at an average of over 37.
She is extensively viewed as the finest women’s batter of all times.