first_imgMithali Raj scored her sixth One Day International hundred from 116 balls against New Zealand in a virtual quarter-final at the ICC Women’s World Cup in Derby on Saturday.Mithali, who recorded her second century in World Cups, ended up with 109 off 123 balls, studded with 10 fours.She eventually was caught out at deep midwicket off the bowling of Leigh Kasperek mistiming a drifter on leg stump with nine balls to end the innings. This interestingly was the first time she got out after scoring a hundred in her career, with all of her hundreds ended with her staying unbeaten. In process cancelling her 50th ODI fifty, a record for which she will have to wait.Fans celebrate #MithaliRaj’s century ????? #WWC17 #INDvNZ Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 15, 2017Mithali Raj’s sixth ODI century leads India to 265/7 against New Zealand – enough for a semi-final spot? #INDvNZ #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 15, 2017?????? A round of applause for the the captain! #WWC17 #INDvNZ Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 15, 2017But  after her hundred she now has 55 fifty-plus scores, equalling England’s Charlotte Edwards, who has nine hundreds and 46 fifties. She also has been consistent throughout her ODI career with an average over 50 in 15 calendar years, since making her debut in 1999.    She now has scored the most number of fifties in a calendar year with 10. Australia’s Ellyse Perry is second with nine fifties, which she managed in 2016. New Zealand’s Debbie Hockley (1997) and India’s Deepti Sharma (2017) both have eight each.advertisementMost 50+ in WODIs in a calendar year10 Mithali Raj 20179 Ellyse Perry 20168 Debbie Hockley (2+6) 19978 Deepti Sharma (1+7) 2017#IndvNZ- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 15, 2017Earlier, Mithali became the first batswoman to score 6000 runs in One-Day Internationals in the course of India’s World Cup league game against Australia at Bristol.The India captain, is now the leading run-scorer in women’s cricket, having overtaken Charlotte Edwards of England.Mithali broke the barrier in women’s cricket because she happens to be the only Asian in the list of top-10 run-scorers.The top-10 is dominated by women from England (3), Australia (3) and New Zealand. Stafanie Roxann Taylor is the only West Indian in the list.Mithali had earlier become the first woman in cricket history to hit seven consecutive fifties in ODIs. She hit 71 off 73 balls against England in their World Cup opener. She scored 44 against West Indies but was out for eight against Pakistan — bringing an end to her golden run. But she came back with a bang, scoring 53 against Sri Lanka to make it eight fifties from 10 inning. However, she fell for a golden duck in the previous match against South Africa.Raj’s first of the seven fifties came against Sri Lanka when she hit 70 not out at Colombo in February, 2017. Following that she scored an unbeaten 64 (South Africa), 73 (Bangladesh), 51* (South Africa), 54 (South Africa), 62* (South Africa), 71 (England).The 34-year-old right hander now has 6137 runs from 184 ODIs before this ODI. Her highest being 114* against Ireland in Milton Keynes back in 26 June, 1999. She has five centuries to her name and averages over 50.last_img read more