That brings us to end of today's coverage. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did to bring it to you. Join us on Sunday for the final. Till then, its good bye.
That brings us to end of today's coverage. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did to bring it to you. Join us on Sunday for the final. Till then, its good bye.
Australia captain Meg Lanning: I thought the innings from Kaur was incredible. Well done to the Indians. Blackwell was hitting it really well at the end there but we couldn;t do it at the start. Her knock was outstanding. I don't think we nailed a full game at any stage. We had glimpses with the bat and ball but nothing much beyond that. The same thing happened today. All in all, a disappointing tournament for us.
India captain Mithali Raj: I think Harmanpreet (Singh)'s innings was exceptional. Jhulan (Goswami) has come back to her rhythm. Even the spinners are doing well. After losing to South Africa, we came back against new zealand and now beat Australia. We have players who are of international standards. We have a new Woman of the Match standing up in every game which is wonderful. Smrithi (Mandhana) scored a century in the opening game. Punam (Raut) got one and Harmanpreet Kaur today. (about Kaur's fitness) I'm sure she will be fit and want to paly in the finals. All of us are excited about the finals at Lord's. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the finals.
Harmanpreet Kaur is the player of the match.
Kaur: I'm feeling proud. Really proud of my team. It was a really great effort. I'm looking forward to the finals now. We'll give England a good fight. I'm always happy if my innings help the team win games. I appreciate the efforts of the support staff and the support of fans from India. When we started from Bombay (Mumbai) we wanted to reach the semi-final, then reach the final.
Take out Harmanpreet Kaur's innings and this match wouldn't have turned out the way it did. Such impactful performances are rare and Kaur's 171 is an innings to cherish. The Australian team will certainly never forget it. Her innings put Australia under pressure and they stumbled at the start of the chase, losing three wickets for 22. From then, it was always going to be catch up work. Villani and Blackwell played out of their skins, but Indians held their composure to advance into the final. Goswami took the responsibility at the beginning and Pandey continued her brilliant form. As far as the wickets column is concerned, 19-year old Deepti Sharma starred by dismissing three Australian batswomen. The attention will shift towards Lord's on Sunday!
That is it! India defeat Australia by 36 runs to seal the spot in the final of the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup, where they will lock horns against England. Coming to the last wicket, Blackwell looked to pull Deepti only to get castled.
This is now the highest 10th wicket stand in Women's ODIs. The previous highest was 58 between Amita Sharma and Gouher Sultana against England at Taunton in 2012.
After 40 overs, Australia 245/9 (Blackwell 90, Beams 11)
Poonam starts with a classical leg break and Blackwell punches it towards covers, where Mithali makes a sharp save. Two singles off the following two balls! FOUR! A friendly full toss and Blackwell clobbers it towards the deep midwicket fence. Seven off the over.
44 off 18. Poonam Yadav comes onto bowl.
After 39 overs, Australia 238/9 (Blackwell 84, Beams 10)
Raj is feeling the pressure? She first tossed the ball to Deepti but then made a last minute decision to introduce Veda Krishnamurthy. This gem of an innings from Blackwell has certainly allowed Australia to believe, if not anything else. This is how the over went: 2, 1, 2, 1, 4, 1. Are we onto something here?
After 38 overs, Australia 227/9 (Blackwell 76, Beams 7)
Goswami comes back. Blackwell welcomes the veteran pacer with a boundary. The next two balls are dots but Blackwell slaps the fourth ball behind square. Nine runs off the over. 55 off 24.
After 37 overs, Australia 218/9 (Blackwell 67, Beams 7)
Are India taking a risk here? Blackwell is batting at a strike rate over 150. Gayakwad comes back! Blackwell and Beams exchange strike on the first two balls. SIX! SIX! Blackwell comes down the ground and tonks two monstrous maximums over the bowler's head. 15 runs off the over.
After 36 overs, Australia 203/9 (Blackwell 53, Beams 6)
Beams, smartly, drives one through covers to bring Blackwell on strike. FOUR! Blackwell sweeps the second ball to the fine leg fence for a boundary. She mistimes the next ball to the off side for another run. Two dot balls follow. Beams ends the over with a brace. FIFTY up for Blackwell, she is not giving up as of yet.
After 35 overs, Australia 195/9 (Blackwell 48, Beams 3)
Australia's asking rate is 12.43 and they have scored 12 runs off this over. It will take something special from Blackwell to chase this down. India, on the other hand, just need to ensure that they bowl in good areas and not experiment too much.
After 34 overs, Australia 183/9 (Blackwell 37, Beams 2)
Blackwell starts the over with a boundary to covers. She runs three on the subsequent ball. Gayakwad follows it up with three dots beforee Beams collects a brace off the sixth ball.
After 33 overs, Australia 174/9 (Blackwell 30, Beams 0)
Again after the dismissal, Blackwell dabs it to the third man fence. She pulls the fifth ball through midwicket for a single. Six runs off the over.
OUT! Another one bites the dust. Schutt holes out to deep midwicket. Indian fielders know that the final berth is not that far away not. In the background, Australian captain Meg Lanning's upset can be clearly observed.
Quickly this game has slipped away from Australia. That is the cushion that a large total provides, even after a big partnership, a wicket can get you right back into the game. India are a wicket away from the spirit of 2005.
After 32 overs, Australia 168/8 (Blackwell 24, Schutt 2)
Blackwell has found the odd boundary in two successive overs now. But Australia need a lot of those. Eight runs come off Gayakwad's 7th over.
After 31 overs, Australia 161/8 (Blackwell 17, Schutt 1)
After the wicket, Blackwell hammered one down the ground for a boundary. Australia's asking rate has creeped up above 11. They manage to score only 6 off the 31st over.
OUT! Unlucky! Blackwell slams one down the ground and Goswami gets her fingertips to it and guides it towards the stumps. Jonassen was backing up too far and pays the price for it.
Megan Schutt is Australia's No 10.
After 30 overs, Australia 154/7 (Blackwell 12, Jonassen 1)
Runs are becoming hard to come by for Australia. Four runs off the 30th over: Three singles and a wide.
OUT! Australia lose seventh wicket. The road to Lord's (for the final) is getting closer with every over. Gardner miscues it to Mithali Raj at covers. Gardner falls for 1.
Jess Jonassen arrives at the crease.
After 29 overs, Australia 150/6 (Blackwell 10, Gardner 1)
India in cruise control mode. Three runs and a wicket off Goswami's 6th over.
To give some context on Elyse Villani's innings, Australia have been criticised for playing too many batters. There were calls for them to include an extra pacer and drop Villani, who had gotten out for a duck twice in the World Cup. But then she fought back with her highest ODI score.
OUT! Bowling changes are working for India. Now Healy chips it od mid on and Pandey makes no mistake. The Aussie keeper is dismissed for5.
Asleigh Gardner is the new batter in.
After 28 overs, Australia 147/5 (Blackwell 8, Healy 5)
Another wicket, another setback. Blackwell and Healy take three singles off the first four balls. The over though ends with a boundary as Healy plays the inside out-drive over covers.
What a turn around! After Villani, Perry is gone too and two new batters are at the crease.
This is the partnership. These two batters Healy and Balckwell have stellar WBBL records. This is essentially a T20 game.
After 27 overs, Australia 140/5 (Blackwell 6, Healy 0)
Shikha Pandey comes back into the attack and makes impact immediately dismissing Perry. She keeps the new batswoman Alyssa Healy quiet with five dots through tight lines.
OUT! Pandey's reintroduction has resulted in Perry's wicket. The batswoman looked to steer one to third man but nicked it to Sushma Verma. She perishes for 38.
Alyssa Healy walks out. Australia need 142 off 95 balls.
After 26 overs, Australia 140/4 (Perry 38, Blackwell 6)
Right then, Australia need someone to play those big shots. Both Perry and Blackwell have not attempted those in the last two overs. Five runs off the over.
The century stand between Ellyse Perry and Elyse Villani was the second century stand for the fourth wicket in Women's ODIs after a team lost first three wickets under 25 runs. The other such stand came between Emily Drumm and Debbie Hockley against Australia at Sydney in 1997 when New Zealand lost first three wickets after scoring just 12 runs.
After 25 overs, Australia 135/4 (Perry 35, Blackwell 4)
Australia score five runs off Poonam's 6th over.
After 24 overs, Australia 130/4 (Perry 32, Blackwell 2)
A wicket and four runs off the over. Villani's departure will hurt Australia. Can Perry now step up and play Villani's role? We will have to wait and see.
After her 171 not out against Australia in the second semi-final, Harmanpreet Kaur might very well have elevated herself to the level of a superstar of the game.
OUT! Gayakwad provides the much needed breakthrough. Villani comes down the track to go over mid on but doesn't get her timing right. And Mandhana holds onto the cath comfortably. An excellent innings of 75 comes to an end.
Alex Blackwell strolls out at the centre.
After 23 overs, Australia 126/3 (Perry 30, Villani 75)
Easy peasy. Australia score five singles off the 23rd over.
After 22 overs, Australia 121/3 (Perry 28, Villani 72)
The second ball from Gayakwad is cut away to covers for a single. FOUR! Perry comes down the track and whips it over midwicket. Perry and Villani also collect singles off the last two balls to complete the 100-run stand between them.
After 21 overs, Australia 114/3 (Perry 23, Villani 70)
Three runs off the first two balls! On the fourth, Villani reverse sweeps it to the third man fence. Eight runs off the over as Villani also took a single in the 5th ball.
After 20 overs, Australia 106/3 (Perry 22, Villani 63)
Gayakwad, after bowling four dots, drops it short and Perry pulls it in front of square for a single. Villani tries to clear long off on the sixth ball but miscues it and luckily Mandhana doesn't get to the ball in time and the white object falls in no man's land. Unfortunately though, Mandhan is limping. Remember she had injured her knee a few months ago. Hope nothing serious.
Villani's place was under extreme pressure coming into the tournament. And today, she has delivered. She is easily handling the Indian spinners and threatening to take the game away from India.
After 19 overs, Australia 103/3 (Perry 21, Villani 61)
Perry pushes one to long off for a single. FOUR! Villani guides one past short third man for a boundary. FOUR! She is just dealing in boundaries, isn't she? Villani sweeps it over square leg. The batswomen end the over with two singles.
After 18 overs, Australia 92/3 (Perry 19, Villani 52)
Villani is putting the pressure on the bowler straightaway. She first lofts a flighted delivery over mid off before sweeping one in front of square on the leg side. She immediately takes a single off the third ball and Perry returns the favour on the second last ball. FOUR! 14 runs off the over and Perry has also brought up her fifty! Fine innings which has put India on their toes.
India took three wickets including the prized wicket of Lanning for a duck. The Australian captain was last dismissed for a duck in 2014. The fast bowlers have done their bit giving them crucial breakthroughs. Now, it's a battle of India's spinners against the best players of spin in the tournament. And right now, Australia are winning that particular battle.
After 17 overs, Australia 78/3 (Perry 18, Villani 39)
Gayakwad bowls it flat and Perry works it on the leg side for a single. FOUR! Villani powers it over extra covers. Anothe rsingle off the fifth ball. Six runs off it.
After 16 overs, Australia 72/3 (Perry 17, Villani 34)
The 50-run stand comes up between Perry and Villani. The Australian batters milk three singles off the over.
After 15 overs, Australia 69/3 (Perry 15, Villani 33)
Three dots, one run and a brace came off Gayakwad's 2nd over.
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Preview: Bolstered by the mammoth 186-run win against New Zealand in their final Group game, a confident India, aiming to reach their second Women's World Cup final, have a daunting task when they face World Champions Australia in the second semi-final at the County Ground here on Thursday.
Going by statistics, Australia hold the upper hand winning three of the four One-day Internationals (ODI) against India, since the last World Cup in 2013, with the eight-wicket win in the group stages of this edition in Bristol, being the latest.
In the group stages of this edition, Australia won six of their seven games while India won five.
While England narrowly edged past South Africa in the first semi-final on Tuesday, the second semi-final promises to be an exciting contest as both India and Australia are expected to leave no holes in the make-or-break tie.
Going into Thursday's tie, India will once again hope for their skipper Mithali Raj to continue her purple patch along side the likes of Punam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy and Deepti Sharma, who have been amongst the runs throughout the tournament.
However, the sharp decline in form of opener Smriti Mandhana will be a cause of worry for the Indians. Mandhana, who turned 21 on Tuesday, started the tournament with scores of 90 and 106 not out, helping the team secure wins over England and the West Indies, but has subsequently been dismissed for 2, 8, 4, 3 and 13.
Her opening partner Punam, who scored a valiant ton against Australia in the league stage will aim to replicate her form in the big semi-final. She also is second behind Mithali among India's leading run-getters in the tournament.
Coming to India's bowling department, the hopes will be pinned on the veteran Jhulan Goswami and her partner Shikha Pandey. But considering Australia's left-handed opening combination of Nicole Bolton and Beth Mooney, Mithali could contemplate opening the innings with an off-spinner.
Not to forget the magical spell of Rajeshwari Gayakwad in the previous match, where she returned with her maiden fifer to tame the New Zealanders. The Indian spinners have done a commendable job, taking 36 wickets in the tournament so far.
On the other hand, the Southern Stars will count their hopes on skipper Meg Lanning, who single-handedly took the match away with a gritty unbeaten 76 in the league encounter. Meg, however has missed two matches in the tournament due to shoulder problems but has been among the top run scorers.
Besides the opening combo of Nicole and Beth and one-down Meg firing in unison, Ellyse Perry has provided the much-needed stability to the middle order, and chipped in with useful contributions.
Their bowling will revolve around the young pace duo of Megan Schutt and Ashleigh Gardner with Ellyse coming in as the first change. India will also need to carefully deal with the veteran leg-spinner Kristen Beams, who returned with the prized scalp of Mithali in the league stage match.
India: Mithali Raj (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Sushma Verma (WK), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Nuzhat Parween, Deepti Sharma.
Australia: Meg Lanning (Captain), Alex Blackwell, Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy (WK), Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington.
With inputs from IANS