India's Deepti Sharma, Poonam Raut share record opening stand

India openers Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut scripted history as they became the first opening pair to share a 300-run partnership in One-Day Internationals.

Deepti Sharma's 188 is now the second highest individual score in women's ODIs.   -  G. P. Sampath Kumar

Deepti Sharma produced a stunning 188-run knock, the second highest score in women’s one-day international, to set up India’s massive 249-run win over Ireland in the Quadrangular Series.

Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut scripted history as they became the first opening pair to share a 300-run partnership in One-Day Internationals. The pair scored 320 runs for the first wicket as India rattled a commanding 358-3 after skipper Mithali Raj won the toss and decided to bat first.

Deepti and Poonam's feat is not only a record in women's cricket but the pair has now bettered the men's record held by Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya — 286 against England in 2006.

The record partnership between Deepti and Poonam is also the highest for any wicket in women's ODI.

The earlier best partnership for the first wicket was 268 by Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins against South Africa Women in 2008.

Deepti missed out on scoring a double century. However, Deepti's 188 is now the second highest individual score in women's ODIs. The highest score is Belinda Clark's unbeaten 229 against Denmark Women in 1997.

Deepti took 160 balls to reach 188 — hitting 27 fours and two sixes on her way. Poonam, who retired out on 109 off 116 balls, hit 11 fours.

India then bundled out Ireland for a paltry 109 in 40 overs for a massive win. Ireland never looked in the chase as it scored the first fifty in 18.4 overs, losing the wicket of opener Leah Paul (13) in the 17th over.

From there on, Ireland kept losing wickets and lost half the  side inside 30 overs for 75 runs. The downhill slide continued as it managed to bring up the team hundred in the 37th over before India quickly mopped up the tail.

Mary Waldron (35) was the top-scorer for Ireland, while Jennifer Gray contributed with a 46-ball 26 as only four batswomen could reach doubles scores.

Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (4-18) scalped four wickets, while Shikha Pandey (3-16), who had provided the late charge with a 14-ball 27 for India, took three wickets, while D.B. Sharma (1/15) took one.

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