India’s 18-year-old all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar is making the headlines despite having played just three One Day Internationals (ODI). Vastrakar has been phenomenal while batting lower down the order. She shattered records in the first ODI of the series against Australia by becoming the first batter to score a half-century at no. 9 position or lower. In the second ODI, she literally tattered the scoreboard with her six-hitting ability.
In order to increase the scoring rate, Vastrakar took on Australian left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen. Vastrakar went for a big shot over deep midwicket and crossed the fence quite easily. The ball went straight and hit the scoreboard and a few numbers fell down on the ground.
Here’s the video of her shattering the numbers on the scoreboard –
VIDEO: Pooja Vastrakar’s six leaves scoreboard in tatters.
She smashed a Jess Jonassen delivery in the 2nd ODI at Baroda so hard that it landed on the manual scoreboard leaving it in a big mess #INDvAUS – https://t.co/sKeun1YJhB
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 15, 2018
The Madhya Pradesh all-rounder scored 30 runs from 33 balls including 2 fours and 1 six at a strike rate of 90.91. She came to bat when Sushma Verma got out in the 36th over and India were 7 for 170. India needed 118 runs to win from 84 balls. Vastrakar tried to keep up with the required run rate but lost her wicket in the 48th over as it got out of hand.
She did well with the bat but could not get a wicket. She gave 42 runs in 7 overs. India lost the second ODI by 60 runs and with it the ODI series by 2-0. They will play in a dead rubber match on March 18.