Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday congratulated the Indian women's cricket team for storming into the final of the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup 2017 with a stunning victory against Australia.
In a release issued by his office in the state capital Hyderabad, Rao wished the team would continue the momentum and win the final. The chief minister lauded the performance of batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur, who hit a magical 171 off 115 balls to help India enter the summit clash of the global event being played in England.
India, playing under the leadership of Mithali Raj, demolished a formidable Australia by 36 runs in the semi-final on Thursday, after winning the toss and electing to bat first. They stuttered early in their innings, and were looking vulnerable at 35/2.
Harmanpreet, who has been the rising star of women's cricket in India, went about her business with steady pace before stepping on the pedal once the Indian innings hovered around the 30-over mark. In the rain-curtailed game that was reduced to 42 overs per side, she smashed 20 boundaries and seven sixes as India finished on a commanding 281/4, which ultimately proved too tough a score for the defending world champions to chase down.
India take on England in the final at the Lord's on Sunday.