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Purnima Rau      

Full name Purnima Rau

Born January 30, 1967, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Current age 47 years 326 days

Major teams Air India Women, India Women

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Purnima Rau
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
Tests 5 8 0 123 33 15.37 0 0 1 0
ODIs 33 27 3 516 67* 21.50 0 2 8 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 8 1164 319 15 5/24 7/98 21.26 1.64 77.6 1 1 0
ODIs 33 33 1557 844 50 4/26 4/26 16.88 3.25 31.1 2 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand Women v India Women at Nelson, Feb 7-10, 1995 scorecard
Last Test England Women v India Women at Shenley, Jul 15-18, 1999 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India Women v West Indies Women at Nottingham, Jul 20, 1993 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand Women v India Women at Lincoln, Dec 20, 2000 scorecard
ODI statistics
Profile

One of the stalwarts of women's cricket in India, Purnima Rau at 33 finds herself at the twilight of her career. She admits that the CricInfo Women's World Cup 2000 could possibly be the last competitive tournament she plays. Right now she finds herself as the captain of the Air India team. Though she usually bats in the middle order, Purnima is more than comfortable opening the innings. A clean striker of the ball, Purnima has been one of the first players in Indian women's cricket to attempt to take advantage of the field restrictions in place during the first 15 overs of a limited overs game. More than skill, it is her ability to judge a batsman that makes her a more than useful off spinner. She has been used in two roles as a bowler, as a partnership breaker and as an offspinner who can run through her overs quickly and stem the flow of runs. She has placed on record her desire to make the CricInfo Women's World Cup 2000 her swan song. Unfortunately, that was not to be, despite her best efforts. Overlooked for the captaincy, Rau put her experience to good use. Unfortunately, her bowling rhythm was all but destroyed in the middle of the tournament when doubts about the legality of her action were raised first by sections of the media and later by the umpires themselves. Rau recovered in time to carry the bat in the semi final against New Zealand. She was unbeaten on 67 when India succumbed to a low score and were beaten comprehensively by the hosts.
(Anand Vasu)

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Dec 20, 2000

20 Dec: India v New Zealand, CricInfo Women's World Cup semi-final played at BIL Oval, Lincoln

Purnima Rau still has a smile on her face as she shakes the hands of the New Zealand team

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Dec 20, 2000

20 Dec: India v New Zealand, CricInfo Women's World Cup semi-final played at BIL Oval, Lincoln

Sky TV crew lead out the Indian openers, Smitha Harikrishna and Purnima Rau

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Dec 20, 2000

20 Dec: India v New Zealand, CricInfo Women's World Cup semi-final played at BIL Oval, Lincoln

Purnima Rau hits the ball toward the boundary during her innings of 67 not out

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Group B: Delhi v Rajasthan at Delhi - Dec 21-24
Rajasthan 141 Delhi 141/2
Group C: Goa v H. Pradesh at Porvorim - Dec 21-24
Goa 357 H. Pradesh 101/3
Group B: Haryana v Vidarbha at Rohtak - Dec 21-24
Vidarbha 154
Group C: Jharkhand v Tripura at Dhanbad - Dec 21-24
Jharkhand 142 Tripura 182/5
Group C: Kerala v Hyderabad at Wayanad - Dec 21-24
Hyderabad 270 Kerala 179/6
Group B: Maharashtra v Punjab at Pune - Dec 21-24
Maharashtra 210 Punjab 261/4
Group A: Railways v Karnataka at Delhi - Dec 21-24
Karnataka 247 Railways 63/1
Group B: Saurashtra v Gujarat at Rajkot - Dec 21-24
Saurashtra 207 Gujarat 167/7
Group C: Services v Andhra at Delhi - Dec 21-24
Andhra 234
Group A: Tamil Nadu v M. Pradesh at Chennai - Dec 21-24
M. Pradesh 432 Tamil Nadu 27/3
Group A: U. Pradesh v Mumbai at Kanpur - Dec 21-24
U. Pradesh 206 Mumbai 12/2
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