The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India, is one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world.
Established in 1974, the Wankhede Stadium is owned and operated by Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
Situated near Marine Drive in the Churchgate neighbourhood of Mumbai, the cricket ground has a seating capacity of around 32,000.
The stadium was built after disputes between the Cricket Club of India (CCI) and MCA over the allocation of tickets for cricket matches.
It is the home ground of the Mumbai team in domestic cricket and the Mumbai franchise in the Indian T20 League.
The Wankhede Stadium staged its first international fixture, a Test match played between hosts India and West Indies, in January 1975. Led by Clive Lloyd, West Indies won by 201 runs.
Since then, it has hosted several high profile cricket matches including the ICC ODI World Cup 2011 final.
The Wankhede Stadium hosted its first women’s international match in February 1984 when the India women’s cricket team played a Test against Australia. The fixture ended in a draw.
It later staged its first women’s ODI played between New Zealand and Ireland during the Women’s World Cup in 1997.
Let’s have a look at Wankhede Stadium women’s ODI records and stats:
Wankhede Stadium women’s ODI records and stats
Highest team total
The Australia women’s cricket team holds the record for the highest team total at the Wankhede Stadium in women’s ODI cricket. During the second ODI of Australia women’s tour of India in 2012, the visitors posted 300/7 in their 50 overs. Meg Lanning slammed 128 off 104 balls while Alex Blackwell scored 81 to help Australia register a record WODI total at the venue. The Jodie Fields-led visitors later bundled out India for 79 to win the game by a massive 221 runs. Australia won the three-match ODI series 3-0.
Lowest team total
The India women’s cricket team recorded the lowest team total at the Wankhede Stadium in women’s ODIs. Chasing 301, the Anjum Chopra-led India were bowled out for 79 in 27.1 overs as the hosts suffered a 221-run defeat. Mithali Raj top-scored for India with 30 while wicketkeeper-batter Sulakshana Naik added 17. For Australia, Ellyse Perry was the wrecker-in-chief with five wickets for just 19 runs. Rachael Haynes bagged three wickets for the Aussies.
India’s star batter Smriti Mandhana has scored the most runs at this venue in women’s ODI cricket. The stylish left-handed batter has amassed 153 runs in three matches at an average of 51 and a strike rate of 80.52. She has slammed two fifties in the WODI format on this ground. Former Australia cricketer Meg Lanning is second on the list with 139 runs in two ODI matches on this ground.
India’s Shikha Pandey and Jhulan Goswami have picked up the most wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in women’s ODI cricket. While right-arm pacer Shikha Pandey has scalped eight wickets in three ODIs at an average of 9.12, India’s former bowling spearhead Jhulan Goswami bagged eight wickets in five matches at an average of 20.37. Australia’s star all-rounder Ellyse Perry features next on the list with seven wickets in three ODIs.
Highest individual score
Former Australia cricketer Meg Lanning registered the highest individual score at this venue in the women’s ODI format. The right-handed batter scored 128 runs off 104 balls during the second ODI of Australia women’s tour of India in 2012. Meg Lanning’s scintillating knock helped the visitors post 300/7 in their 50 overs. Her knock was laced with 19 fours and one six.
Best bowling figures
Australia’s Ellyse Perry recorded the best bowling figures at the Wankhede Stadium in women’s ODI cricket. Ellyse Perry registered match-winning figures of 5/19 against India during the second ODI of their India tour in 2012. Perry dismissed Sulakshana Naik, Punam Raut, captain Anjum Chopra, Ekta Bisht and Gouher Sultana to bowl out India for 79. Earlier, Australia posted 300/7 in their allotted 50 overs. Australia won the match by 221 runs and later clinched the three-match series 3-0.
Australia’s Meg Lanning and Alex Blackwell hold the record for the highest partnership at the Wankhede Stadium in women’s ODIs. Meg Lanning and Alex Blackwell forged a brilliant 180-run stand for the third wicket against India in the second ODI in 2012. Lanning hammered 128 while Blackwell scored 81 to power Australia to 300/7 in their 50 overs. The visitors won the match by 221 runs.
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