India beat Australia to reach final
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jul 21, 2017,
Jul 21, 2017, 0:28
Earlier, India won the toss which was delayed after rain. In their last group stage match, India lost to Australians by 8 wickets but soon recovered it's loss by thrashing the white ferns with 186.
"They had a left armer come in and take a five-for I think".
Securing a seventh World Cup crown has always been Australia's key motivation throughout this tournament, but the record $US660,000 ($834,000) on offer for the winning team would be a huge financial boost should they win given their income from CA will dry up after the competition.
It was now up to leading run scorer in Women's ODI cricket, Mithali to get her side out of a hole along with Punam Raut.
The 21-year-old left-hand batsman averages 31 in the format and has already scored two centuries and six fifties in her WODI career.
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Kulkarni, who played 19 Tests and 27 ODIs from 1976 to 1991, said: "Australia have always been very competitive, but we have been beaten them (in the 2009 World Cup) so it's not that they are unbeatable". Meg Lanning now leads the team.
However, vice-captain Alex Blackwell made an exceptional counter-attacking 90 to nearly drag her side over the line before she was bowled by Deepti Sharma as they fell an agonising 36 runs short of defending their title. However, Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur led the revival for the Indian side with a 66 run partnership amongst themselves.
In another excellent showcase of the incredible talents in the women's game, Kaur made the highest ever score by an Indian player, male or female, in a World Cup knockout match.
That scare and the wicket of Sharma did little to deter her, using only 18 balls to then bring up her 150, as India smashed the final six overs for 79 runs.
The minimum number of overs required to constitute a match is 20, with the cut-off point for play to start at 4:38pm (1538 GMT). "India also need to bat the way they did against New Zealand". "I just told her to rotate the strike, you don't have to take the pressure, I was hitting the ball well and I told her to give me the strike and I will take the responsibility and she did a great job".
Australia played a bowler short throughout the tournament, insisting on packing their side with batters and backing themselves to chase down anything.