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India women’s cricket team openers Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut became the first-ever batswomen to share a 300-run stand in an One-Day International. The pair  shared a total of 320-run stand as India women finished with 358 for three in 50 overs against Ireland women at Potchefstroom during the quadrangular series in South Africa.

The other two teams participating in the tournament are Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Sharma and Raut put on the record stand in 45.3 overs and smashed by Shikha Pandey’s brisk 14-ball 27 run-knock, India posted their highest ever team total, surpassing their previous best of 298 for two against West Indies women made in 2004

Deepti Sharma’s score of 188, that came in 160 balls with the bonus of 27 fours and two sixes, is now the highest individual score by an Indian women’s cricketer and the second highest in women’s cricket after Belinda Clarke’s 229 not out made in 1997 against Denmark women. India’s previous highest individual score was 138 not out made by Jaya Sharma against Pakistan women at Karachi in 2005.

In the beginning of the series,  India pacer Jhulan Goswami had become the all-time highest wicket-taker in Women’s ODIs with 181 scalps in 153 matches.

Indian women defeated Ireland women by 249 – the six largest victory (runs) in Women’s ODIs – bundling out their opposition for 109 runs.

The BCCI congratulates the duo for their outstanding performance as acting Hony. Secretary, Amitabh Choudhary, said: “The Indian Women’s team are on a record-breaking spree in the Women’s Quadrangular Series and I congratulate them for their all-round show. It started with Jhulan Goswami becoming the leading wicket taker in Women’s ODIs and today we have witnessed a plethora of records.”

“The Indian Women’s Team have not only been consistent in the ongoing series but they have dominated their opposition right from the start. 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,” he added.