India set WWC semis date with Australia

Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj

16 July, 2017

With the Indian bowlers tightening the noose, New Zealand never looked like winning the match.

The Proteas ran through their batting line-up to notch up a 115-run win while defending champions Australia outplayed them in batting, bowling and fielding to claim an eight-wicket win. Even though the team has world's leading run-scorer and wicket-taker in the same playing XI, the truth is it has struggled to perform as a unit and this one area where Mithali Raj needs to work. With her 109 against New Zealand, Mithali Raj made her 10th fifty-plus score in 2017, the most by a batswoman in a single calendar. Aware of the fact that this was a must-win match, Mithali Raj put her head down and stabilised the conditions for her team. Gayakwad was announced the player of the Match. Rao wished that the Indian women's cricket team achieve greater heights under the leadership of Raj.

IST: New Zealand start with a Maiden! They lost both their openers inside six overs as Indian pace duo of Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey gave them a fiery start.

CoA chairman Vinod Rai said, "I want to extend my heartiest congratulations to Team India's on staging a remarkable comeback in the ICC World Cup".

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The 26-year-old finished with 5/15 in her 7.3 overs while Deepti Sharma picked two wickets.

While Veda dismantled the New Zealanders, hitting big shots at will, Raj brought up her sixth ODI hundred.

Her unprecedented performance at the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 did not go unnoticed. This win ensured India qualify for the semi-final of an ICC event for the first time since 2010. Suzie Bates' decision to put India in to bat first was justified by Lea Tahuhu and Hannah Rowe as they dismissed Punam Raut (4) and Smriti Mandhana (13) respectively.

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