Tag: Mithali Raj

India hold nerve in record chase to overcome Australia in 3rd ODI at Mackay


India Women 266 for 8 (Bhatia 64, Verma 56, Sutherland 3-30) beat Australia Women 264 for 9 (Gardner 67, Mooney 52, Goswami 3-37, Vastrakar 3-46) by two wickets

By Ashok Kumar

So finally, Mithali Raj and Co. bounced back to pull off a thrilling victory over Australia breaking Aussies’ 26 match winning streak and it had to be India. Jhulan Goswami covered up for her follies of the last ball no-ball episode to hit a boundary in the last over to win the game for India with three balls to spare.

It seems Indian girls are making the match a thriller by allowing it to drift till the last over despite opportunities to close the match early. Indian batting line up don’t have players like Mooney and Carey who would convert ones into twos and twos into threes. However, a thrilling two-wicket win for India, set up by Jhulan Goswami’s 3 for 37 and sealed by her with the bat in the last over of the chase, to snap Australia’s world-record ODI-winning streak at 26 matches. As men’s outfit generally does, run the first run quickly so you can take the second easily, the management should ponder over this aspect.

Australia weren’t without their own flaws as a fielding unit, however, and they kept losing personnel – Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney, and Sophie Molineux – to injuries as the chase went along. India succeeded on the day due to maiden ODI half-centuries from Shafali Verma and Yastika Bhatia, whose century stand lifted India to 160 for 1 inside 30 overs as Australia’s attack struck more wrong notes than the right ones early in the innings.

After Australia chose to bat, half-centuries from Ashleigh Gardner and Beth Mooney and a 32-ball 47 from Tahlia McGrath set up Australia’s march to 264 for 9. Poor fielding from India, as in their botched defence of 274 two days ago, undid much of the early inroads made by their attack on a used Ray Mitchell Oval surface with decent carry and movement.

Goswami and Meghna delivered incisive swing-bowling spells as India sent Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning back in the powerplay. Both fell to Goswami, for 13 and 0 respectively, the veteran quick returning 6-2-15-2 in her first spell. Alyssa Healy was the next to depart, as Rajeshwari Gayakwad ran her out at the non-striker’s end with a deft touch off Perry’s straight drive. No. 4 Perry anchored a short-lived rebuild, making 26 off 47 balls, adding 25 with Mooney. Along the way, Perry became the fifth Australian woman to 5000 international runs. Belinda Clark, Karen Rolton, Alex Blackwell and Meg Lanning had achieved that feat before Perry.


After Perry’s departure, Gardner led the rebuild and brought up her fifty, her fourth in the format, with a majestic inside-out six over cover in the 40th over. One ball later, Mooney, who had received two reprieves, reached a half-century of her own, her third in as many limited-overs innings against India dating back to the 2020 T20 World Cup final, with a four to midwicket. Goswami, who surpassed Charlotte Edwards to become the second most capped women’s ODI player, ended the innings with a four-run final over to finish with 3 for 37.

Earlier, after Shefali and Yastika built a strong platform it was Deepti Sharma and Sneh Rana struck a breezy seventh-wicket stand of 33 that brought India back into the game after they had slipped from 160 for 1 to 208 for 6.

In the 44th over, Rana received two lifelines against Molineux, who was bowling with her face tightly strapped after having copped a blow to the mouth at the end of the 39th over when a throw from Stella Campbell had bounced awkwardly off the pitch. Molineux had just returned to the field for her second spell, and her over saw Rana dropped twice in the space of three balls: first by Molineux herself and then by Nicola Carey at square leg.

There was more good luck for Rana in the next over, with Molineux failing to hit the stumps from cover when she was well short of her crease, and then when Carey was no-balled for overstepping after catching her off her own bowling. Jhulan Goswami was declared player of the match. It was an overall team effort with the youngsters standing tall, again: Yastika Bhatia batting like a veteran in her debut series, Sneh Rana, coming good much lower down, Shafali Verma being the senior partner at the top, Pooja Vastrakar stepping up with the ball despite dropped catches….
It is still a moment to be celebrated.

Source & First published – The Indian Subcontinent Times, Sept 26, 2021.

MoneyGram celebrates International Women’s Day with former India Women’s Captain Mithali Raj



By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, Australia, 8 March 2020 – MoneyGram International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGI), a global leader in cross-border P2P payments and money transfers, is proud to serve as an ICC T20 World Cup sponsor. The company has cemented its commitment and connection with Australia’s South Asian community as it celebrates the success of women and supports women’s cricket during the Women’s T20 World Cup final in Melbourne.
International Women’s Day provided the ideal backdrop to reflect on the contributions women have made to our society, in particular the much-loved game of cricket. Team India’s legendary former captain Mithali Raj was present at the event hosted by MoneyGram, where she shared her inspirational journey of playing a key role in popularizing women’s cricket, which has been perceived as a male-dominated sport.
Raj used the opportunity to also impart some of her coaching skills on young cricket enthusiasts present at the event through an interactive state-of-the-art virtual reality cricket experience.


Connecting the community to cricket was a strong theme throughout the event, which provided an exciting precursor to the upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup in October. MoneyGram used the event to also take the opportunity to officially launch its cricket campaign for the local Australian market amongst South Asian media and prominent community leaders.
A host of activities were announced that will roll out between now and October to leverage cricket and further connect with the South Asian diaspora in Australia.
MoneyGram is currently running its “Send and Win” cricket campaign, where MoneyGram customers, who send money overseas before 30 April 2020, will be entered into the draw to win one of six Apple Watches. With cellular capabilities, the Apple Watch will enable winners to not only stay connected to their loved ones, but also to the latest cricket scores and updates.
In addition to the “Send and Win” campaign, MoneyGram will engage with the community through grassroot events and provide consumers with unique experiential events that cater to their love of cricket.


“Cricket touches many lives and it’s truly exciting to be a part of this sport and witness its potential to inspire and transform lives firsthand,” said Anil Kapur, MoneyGram Head of Asia Pacific and South Asia. “When we talk about inspiration, Mithali Raj epitomizes it and has played a pivotal role in making women’s cricket exciting through her attacking skills. We are delighted to be here with Mithali to celebrate this occasion during International Women’s Day in Australia.”

“MoneyGram has been a part of cricket for many years and we’re pleased to see the increasing participation of women in the sport,” added Anil Kapur. “With a love of cricket that transcends gender, we continue to commit to cricket sponsorships that provide ways for our customers to connect with the sport and bring fans closer to the game. As a brand built on the connection of people through money transfer, cricket is a natural fit that enables us to provide unique opportunities for customers to engage with MoneyGram and cricket at the same time.”
“MoneyGram is one of the leading money transfer brands globally,“ said Mithali Raj. “And I am excited to be associated with them to kick start their cricket initiatives for 2020.”

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