Mithali Raj Breaks World Record

Meg Lanning led from the front against India

Meg Lanning led from the front against India

Mithali Raj with 6028 runs has now become the highest run scorer of all-time in women's one-day internationals.

Australia skipper Meg Lanning believes her players will rise above the pressure, ahead of Wednesday's crunch Cricket World Cup clash with India at Bristol.

Raj, who made her global debut at the age of just 17, against Ireland in 1999, immediately made an impact by scoring a hundred in her first game in national colours. In the first ball of the 35th over, Lanning picked up a single off Goswami to complete her fifty.

Mithali replaced former England captain Charlotte Edwards who had scored 5992 runs.

With the win, Australia sealed its place in the semi-finals, while India was left with a must-win clash against New Zealand on Saturday.

Raj's average against Sri Lanka - the highest, by far, for any player with 500-plus runs against a team in women's ODIs. The International Cricket Council (ICC) also congratulated the India women's captain.

Raj announced her arrival on worldwide stage as a 16-year-old when she slammed her maiden hundred on debut against Ireland.

She passed Edwards' mark of 5,992 runs in 164 innings - 16 fewer than Edwards played before she retired from worldwide cricket previous year.

But that brought Raj to the crease, and she and Raut put on 157 runs for the second wicket before the subcontinent side fell away late on. In the ongoing Women's World Cup held in England, the India captain has again been in fine touch, notching up three fifties.

She took two catches against England on Sunday and scored 40 despite being in discomfort, but said she is ready to play.

After this loss, India are now placed at the fourth spot with eight points.

After a slow start, Raj looked in danger of having to wait at least another few days for the record when she was given out lbw to Jonassen on 11.

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