Rachel Priest of New Zealand Womens © Getty Images
Rachel Priest of New Zealand Womens © Getty Images

Women’s cricket, over the years, has acquired a huge fan base around the globe. The game has seen many great players play remarkable innings in the year 2015. Here is a list of 10 performances that have stood out. READ: Yearender 2015: 12 cricket controversies that marked the dark spot in the eventful year

Javeria Khan, Pakistan women vs Sri Lanka Women at Sharjah

It was the ICC Women’s Championship 2014-2016/17 and Sri Lanka Women were facing the Pakistan Women at Sharjah. Batting first, the ladies from Sri Lanka has put a good total of 242, thanks to opener Chamari Atapattu’s 109-ball 99. The chase was made to look easy by Javeria Khan of Pakistan who single-handedly helped Pakistan win the match. She scored 133 off 141 deliveries, an innings that included 12 fours.

Rachel Priest, New Zealand Women vs Sri Lanka Women at Lincoln

It is always good to have runs on the board and Rachel Priest of New Zealand made sure her team did so. Priest scored a whopping 157 off 167 deliveries to give Sri Lanka Women a target of 326 runs. Her innings included as many as 23 fours. She thus became the fifth highest run-getter in women’s cricket for the One-Day Internationals (ODI).

Megan Schutt, England Women vs Australia Women, only Test at Canterbury

The Australia Women declared their innings at 274 for 9 after playing 101 overs as no one could perform remarkably with the bat except Jess Jonassen, who scored a 259-ball 99. It was up to the bowlers then and Megan Schutt came into action. With an unbelievable economy of 1.39, Schutt scalped 4 wickets giving away only 26 runs in the first innings, which helped Australia to bundle England Women out for 168. She took a couple of wickets in the second innings as her team won the match. ALSO READ: 2015 Yearender: From World Cup highs to Ashes lows, Australia lost more than they

Anam Amin, Pakistan Women vs South Africa Women at Sharjah

Another mesmerizing bowling spell came from Pakistan’s Anam Amin when her team faced South Africa Women at Sharjah. Pakistan, batting first, failed miserably as their innings ended with only 133 runs on the board, their highest scorer being their captain Sana Mir with her 35. Despite the total, Pakistan made a brilliant comeback as their bowler Anam Amin took 4 for 9 and bowled 3 maiden overs with an economy of 0.90. Amin went on to dismiss both the openers and the No. 3 batsman as well and suddenly South Africa were suddenly on the  back foot. Unfortunately, Pakistan lost the match and her efforts went in vain.

Sune Luus, Pakistan Women vs South Africa Women at Sharjah

In the same match as mentioned above South Africa’s Sune Luus changed the low-scoring match as he took 5 for 20. Luus first got No. 4 Nain Abidi caught and bowled and then went on removing all the tail-enders without letting them reach double digits.

Mithali Raj, India Women vs New Zealand Women at Bangalore

In a crucial game against the visiting New Zealand Women’s team, India Women’s captain Mithali Raj emerged as the saviour. Mithali scored an unbeaten 81 off 123 balls and helped her side win the match. She became the Indian women’s cricketer to go past 5,000 runs in ODIs. She also became the second most run-scorer in her ODI career in Women’s cricket after Charlotte Edwards.

Kate Cross, New Zealand Women vs England Women at Lincoln

It was the fourth ODI between New Zealand Women and England Women at Lincoln and New Zealand were put to bat by the English ladies. The decision taken by their skipper was thoroughly supported by the bowlers, especially Kate Cross, who finish with figures of 5 for 24 with an economy rate of 2.40, removing all the important batsmen. She first removed both the dependable Kiwi openers Suzie Bates and Rachel Priest and then destroyed the middle- order by taking the wickets of Sophie Devine and Katie Perkins, making Erin Bermingham her last victim. New Zealand’s innings ended with 168 runs on board and England chased it down quite comfortably.

Jhulan Goswami, India Women vs New Zealand Women at Bangalore

India’s most dependable pacer and the No. 1 ODI bowler in Women’s Cricket, Jhulan is in this list surprisingly for her performance with the bat. In the first ODI of the series between India and New Zealand, the Indian batting line-up failed and Jhulan emerged as the saviour. She was the only batsman to score beyond 50 as her 95-ball 57 helped India Women put up 142. The Indian Women’s bowlers did even better bundling up the Kiwi ladies for 125 and the hosts won the match by 17 runs.

Deandra Dottin, Sri Lanka Women vs West Indies Women at Colombo

Hosts Sri Lanka batted first to put up a low score of 149 as West Indies fielders and bowlers did exceptionally well. While the chase looked easy primarily, coming out to bat, Wes t IndiesWomen faced the similar problem as they also lost a few early wickets. While no other batsman could play an innings that could save them from defeat, No. 6 batsman Deandra Dottin came to the rescue with her unbeaten 84 as she guided her team to a victory with a boundary.

Elyse Villani, Ireland Women vs Australia Women at Dublin(T20I)

It was the third and final T20 International (T20I) between the two nations and Australia had already bagged the series 2-0. Australia batted first and opener Elyse Villani played an entertaining knock of 80 off 53 deliveries. The innings was studded with 12 fours and a six as Australia completed the series with a massive 99-run win in the final match.

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)