"After I got to my century, I made a decision to shift gears and challenged myself to score boundaries even off deliveries that would have otherwise fetched me ones or twos".
In a historic match between India & Ireland, Indian women cricketers Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut have registered a 300 runs partnership in the ODI, thus becoming the first ever duo so far. "Around 15 overs or so into the partnership, Poonam (di) and I kept reminding each other it's important we punished the loose balls, and make sure the run rate didn't drop", Deepti said. The next highest innings by an Indian is Jaya Sharma's 138 against Pakistan in 2005.
In pursuit of the huge target, Ireland was bowled out for 109 in 40 overs as Indian bowlers, left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (4/18), right-arm medium pacer Shikha Pandey (3/16) and off-spinner Sharma (1/15) made it a flawless outing for India.
Deepti's 188 is the second highest individual score by a woman cricketer in ODIs.
The earlier best partnership for the first wicket in women's cricket was 268 by Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins against South Africa in 2008.
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It comes after India fast-bowler Jhulan Goswami last week became the leading overall wicket-taker in women's ODIs, going past the 181-wicket mark set by former Australia star Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
Brief scores: India Women 358/2 in 50 overs (Deepti Sharma 188, Poonam Raut 109 retd) beat Ireland Women 109 in 40 overs (Mary Waldron 35, Jennifer Gray 26; Shikha Pandey 3-16, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 4-18) by 249 runs.
The BCCI, on Tuesday, commended the Indian Women's cricket team for the recent record-breaking spree they have been on. Sharma struck her 188 from 160 balls with 27 boundaries and two sixes in the knock and Raut scored 109 from 116 balls which was laced with 11 boundaries.
"With the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 just around the corner, I am confident that Team India will carry their winning momentum into the big event".