Pooja Vastrakar Creates WORLD RECORD With Her Maiden Fifty, Registers Highest Score For No 9 Batter

Madhya Pradesh all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar sets a world record in her second ODI

India’s bowling all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar played a miracle innings to rescue the team from a situation in which they would have bundled out for a low score. The 18-year-old entered the record books with her 56-ball 51. She is the only batswoman in women’s cricket history to score a half-century in ODIs while batting at Number 9 position or lower.

She broke Kiwi player Lucy Doolan’s record of 48 runs which she had scored against England in 2009. Before her, it was Indian all-rounder Jhulan Goswami who held the record. The veteran scored 43 runs against South Africa in World Cup 2017.

Here is the list of top 10 scores by batswomen batting at No 9 position or lower —

Pooja Vastrakar (India) — 51 vs Australia, March 12, 2018
Lucy Doolan (New Zealand) — 48 vs England, March 22, 2009
Jhulan Goswami (India) — 43* vs South Africa, July 8, 2017
Y van der Merwe (South Africa) — 42* vs India, November 30, 2000
Rene Farrell (Australia) — 39* vs England, June 29, 2009
Shanel Daley (West Indies) — 38* vs South Africa, October 18, 2009
P Thomas (West Indies) — 38 vs India, March 3, 2004
D Small (West Indies) — 37* vs Sri Lanka, November 9, 2008
Rachel Priest (New Zealand) — 36 vs Ireland, July 4, 2010
Laura Marsh (England) — 36* vs Sri Lanka, November 17, 2016

Vastrakar took on Australian bowlers right from the start. She struck 7 fours and 1 six in her innings. The 18-year-old stitched a crucial partnership of 76 runs for the 8th wicket with wicketkeeper-batswoman Sushma Verma.

Here are the highlights of her innings —

Here’s how Twitterati reacted to Vastrakar’s innings —

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Vastrakar got out in the last over in an attempt to clear the fence. Her innings ended after a catch by duo Ellyse Perry and Rachael Haynes on the boundary. She helped India post a modest total of 200 in the first innings.