A 19-year-old Mithali Raj smashed 214 against England in the second Test at Taunton, which was also the highest score in Women's cricket till Pakistan's Kiran Baloch broke the record in 2004. Raj herself had broken the record set by Karen Rolton in 2001.
Batting first, England scored 329 runs and Raj's double ton helped India reach 429. She was supported by skipper Anjum Chopra, who scored 52, Hemalata Kala scored 62 and Jhulan Goswami. who scored 62 as well and put on a 157-run stand with Raj for the seventh wicket. India were eventually dismissed for 467.
What made the innings all the more special was the fact that this was only Raj's third Test innings and it showed the kind of talent she possessed.
#OnThisDay in 2002, a 19-year-old @M_Raj03 made 214 against England in Taunton - at the time the highest individual score in Women's Tests! pic.twitter.com/EvSNNfhr6w— ICC (@ICC) August 17, 2018
#OnThisDay in 2002, a 19-year-old @M_Raj03 made 214 against England in Taunton - at the time the highest individual score in Women's Tests! pic.twitter.com/EvSNNfhr6w
England declared at 198/6 in their second innings and the game ended in a draw. The two-match Test series ended 0-0.
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