Mithali Raj creates unique record with 7th consecutive fifty

Indian women's cricket team begin their journey at the ICC Women World Cup 2017 today (June 24) against England.

The match will start at 1430 hours Pakistan Standard Time. Rajeshwari Gayakwad took four wickets, thereby thrashing the hapless Sri Lankan team.

Raj, whose first target is to make the semi-finals, is coming off a record-breaking six successive half centuries, and she would look to continue in same vein. While the first two scored 86 and 90 respectively, Raj made 71 for India. Appearing in her fifth World Cup, Mithali has a total of 22 outings so far and her experience will prove to be valuable for the Indians.

Asked by a reporter who her favourite men's cricketer was out of the India and Pakistan teams at a pre-World Cup dinner in London on Thursday, the experienced batsman replied: "Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer?"

Harmanpreet, playing in her third World Cup, is a toast of world cricket with her swashbuckling style and part-time off-spin.

Debbie Hockley has played 45 matches in the Women's World Cup, which is a record.

Jhulan is ably supported by left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht who is now ranked at the sixth position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.

The Indians are in good form, having thrashed Sri Lanka by 109 runs in their warm-up match.

England: Winfield's injury will upset England's opening combination and might have a telling impact on the kind of start they get but Knight and Taylor's return bode well for the side. The hosts restricted the Proteas to 174 after England won the toss and elected to field first.

How to watch the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 England vs India live on TV? India have won four of the last five series they have played.

While the seasoned Sarah Taylor has returned after an extended break from the game, England have quite a few other players such as in-form captain Heather Knight, Katherine Brunt - one of the most risky pacers at the moment - and Nat Sciver who can make a difference.

"It's going to be a brilliant tournament".

"We've got pressure on ourselves to perform well, we hold ourselves to very high standards and we want to uphold them", she explained.

The Kiwis will be keen to lift their first 50-over trophy away from home, as Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite look to reaching 100 worldwide caps each.

  • Leroy Wright