Today we talk about 2005 Womens Cricket World Cup. The 2005 edition of the Women’s Cricket World Cup was held in South Africa and it was a spectacle to behold. Some of the finest cricketers that Women’s Cricket has ever produced participated in this tournament representing their respective teams as prodigy’s who would later go on to become the most successful and household names in their respective countries. Following are a few important details from the 2005 Womens Cricket World Cup-
- The 2005 Womens Cricket World Cup was held in the picturesque stadiums of South Africa. Durban and Johannesburg were selected as the two major venues for the tournament with a lot of matches taking place at those two venues.
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- Eight teams in total participated in the 2005 Womens Cricket World Cup. Hosts South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Ireland, India, Australia, England, and New Zealand were the eight participating teams.
- The matches taking place on sporting pitches allowed equal opportunities for both the batswomen and the bowlers. The highest run-scorers list was headed by the best batswomen during that time Charlotte Edwards from England with 280 runs in 6 innings at an average of 46.66 and the highest score of 99. Following her on the list were Claire Taylor from England and Karen Rolton from Australia.
- Claire scored 265 runs from 6 innings in the 2005 Womens Cricket World Cup at an average of 53.00 and the highest score of 136. On the other hand, Karen scored 246 runs from 5 innings at an average of 61.50 with the highest score of 107. The next two spots on the top 5 list were occupied by Cri-Zelda Brits of South Africa with 206 runs in 6 innings at an average of 34.33 and the highest score of 72 and Mithali Raj of India with 199 runs from 7 innings at an average of 49.75 and the highest score of 91.
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- The highest wicket-takers list of the 2005 Womens Cricket World Cup was however dominated completely by the Indians. Neetu David from India was the highest wicket-taker with 20 wickets from 65.4 overs at an average of 8.35 and a Strike Rate of 19.7. Her economy rate was 2.54 and her best bowling figures were that of 5/32. The next two names on the list were that of Indians Amita Sharma and Jhulan Goswami.
- Amita picked up 14 wickets from 65.4 overs at an average of 14.85 and a strike rate of 28.00. Her economy rate was 3.17 and her best bowling figures were 3/12. Jhulan picked up 13 wickets from 64.3 overs at an average of 13.53 and a strike rate of 29.6. Her economy rate was 2.74 and her best bowling figures were 4/16.
- The next two names on the list were that of Shelly Nitschke from Australia with 11 wickets from 44.00 overs at an average of 8.27 and a strike rate of 24.00. Her economy rate was a miserly 2.06 with the best figures of 3/5. Louise Milliken also picked up 11 wickets from 44 overs at an average of 13.72 at a strike rate of 24.0. Her economy rate was 3.43 with the best bowling figures of 5/25.
- The final was played between Australia and India at Supersport Park in Centurion. Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. They put up 215 on board in their allotted 50 overs with Karen Rolton scoring an unbeaten 107 and guiding her team to a respectable total. India capitulated under pressure and folded up for 117 all out. Shelly Nitschke from Australia picked up 2 wickets giving away only 14 runs in 9 overs.
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