India skipper Mithali Raj's golden form continued as she set a new world record by hitting seventh consecutive half-century in One Day International.
India recorded a 35-run win over hosts England in an ICC Women's World Cup match at County Ground in Derby on 24 June. Top batting order of India - Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut and Mithali Raj- rode on brilliant fifties to take their score to 281/3 in the tournament opener.
Mithali has become the first player to achieve the feat of smashing seventh consecutive fifties. She has left Australia's Lindsay Reeler (6), Ellyse Perry (6) and England's Charlotte Edwards (6) behind, who now share the second spot.
The Indian captain hit 71 off 73 deliveries and her inning included eight boundaries.
Another notable fact is that Mithali's count of half-centuries have reached 47, which is the highest by any woman player.
Mithali's last six half-centuries
62* vs South Africa
54 vs South Africa
51* vs South Africa
73* vs Bangladesh
64 vs South Africa
70* vs Sri Lanka.
Virat Kohli, skipper of India's men cricket team, who is commonly regarded as 'run-machine' has got five consecutive fifties twice to his name. Even likes of cricket great Sachin Tendulkar (5) and Rahul Dravid (5) are behind Mithali in the list.