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India's Deepti Sharma, Punam Raut set record 320-run stand

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India's Deepti Sharma, Punam Raut set record 320-run stand Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma. Getty Images

Mumbai: India's Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut smashed centuries against Ireland and combined in a stand of 320 runs to record the highest partnership in a women's one-day international on Monday. The duo added 320 runs for the first wicket in 45.3 overs against Ireland.

It also marked the first 300-run stand in women's cricket, eclipsing the 268-run partnership between England openers Caroline Atkins and Sarah Taylor against South Africa in 2008.

The 19-year-old Sharma hammered 24 boundaries and two sixes in her 160-ball innings to score 188, the second-highest individual score behind Australian Belinda Clark's unbeaten 229 against Denmark 10 years ago.

Raut, 27, scored 109 before retiring hurt shortly after the dismissal of Sharma.

India went on to score 358 for two before skittling Ireland for 109 to record a 249-run victory in a quadrangular series that also features hosts South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The 249-run win was also Indian women team's biggest victory in ODIs in terms of runs.

With four wins from four matches, India are now the only unbeaten side in the tournament with wins over South Africa, Ireland (twice) and Zimbabwe.

BCCI congratulates Indian women's team

The BCCI has congratulated the Indian women's team for their record-breaking spree in the ongoing women's quadrangular series in South Africa.

Acting 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 we have witnessed a plethora of records," Choudhary said in a statement.

Impressed with dominating show of the Indian women's team, Choudhary said: "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.

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