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New Delhi: Star batswoman Mithali Raj became the first Indian cricketer, male or female, to reach the 2000-run milestone in T20 Internationals on Thursday.

The 35-year-old right-hander achieved the landmark after scoring a single off Oshadi Ranasinghe en route to her knock of 23 during India’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Women’s Asia Cup T20. She now has 2,015 runs in 75 matches.

Also the leading run-scorer in women’s ODIs with 6373 runs, Raj is now the seventh women cricketer to achieve the T20I feat. The list is headed by former England captain Charlotte Edwards (2605) while the current Windies and New Zealand captains, Stafanie Taylor and Suzie Bates, also have run in excess of 2500.

“Congratulations to @M_Raj03 on reaching 2,000 T20I runs – the first player to reach the landmark for @BCCIWomen #INDvSL #WAC2018,” ICC tweeted.

BCCI also congratulated Raj on her achievement.

“Congratulations to @M_Raj03. She becomes the first Indian woman to score 2000 runs in T20 Internationals. #INDvSL #ACC #WAC2018,” BCCI tweeted.

Raj has joined a very illustrious group of players who have scored more than 2000 runs in T20Is and she now stands at seventh spot in the list of most runs scored in this format.

2605 – Charlotte Edwards (England)
2528 – Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)
2515 – Suzie Bates (New Zealand)
2105 – Meg Lanning (Australia)
2091 – Sarah Taylor (England)
2039 – Deandra Dottin (West Indies)
2015 – Mithali Raj (India)

India defeated Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the 12th match of the series. Top order batter Veda Krishnamurthy top-scored with an unbeaten 29 while Ekta Bisht was the pick of the bowlers – returning figures of 2/20.

For Sri Lanka, who opted to bat after winning the toss, Hasini Perera scored a fighting 46 not out laced with four boundaries but failed to guide her side over the line.

Interestingly, India men’s team captain Virat Kohli (1,983) is the next Indian on the list, followed by Rohit Sharma (1,852) and Suresh Raina (1,499).