Harmanpreet Kaur's brilliant unbeaten knock propels India into their second World Cup final

Harmanpreet Kaur's 171 and other photo highlights from the semi-final between India and Australia

FP Sports July 21, 2017 10:41:50 IST
Indian players celebrate after beating Australia in the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 semi-final. India will face England in the final on Sunday. AP
1/9
Indian players celebrate after beating Australia in the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 semi-final. India will face England in the final on Sunday. AP
India got off to an extremely cautious start after losing both openers cheaply. Indian captain Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur steadied the innings but the skipper was bowled by Australia's Kristen Beams for 36. AP
2/9
India got off to an extremely cautious start after losing both openers cheaply. Indian captain Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur steadied the innings but the skipper was bowled by Australia's Kristen Beams for 36. AP
India's Harmanpreet Kaur then took centre stage to display her fine stroke-making skills and power-hitting to propel India's total. AP
3/9
India's Harmanpreet Kaur then took centre stage to display her fine stroke-making skills and power-hitting to propel India's total. AP
Harmanpreet Kaur reached her 100 (90) with a close double, after almost being stranded on 99, thanks to a fielding mix-up. However, anger and frustration finally led to joy as she became the third Indian centurion this World Cup. Twitter/ @cricketworldcup
4/9
Harmanpreet Kaur reached her 100 (90) with a close double, after almost being stranded on 99, thanks to a fielding mix-up. However, anger and frustration finally led to joy as she became the third Indian centurion this World Cup. Twitter/ @cricketworldcup
India's Harmanpreet Kaur, then went on a rampage as she reached 171* in 115. The last 71 runs coming in just 25 balls. AP
5/9
India's Harmanpreet Kaur, then went on a rampage as she reached 171* in 115. The last 71 runs coming in just 25 balls. AP
The Australian batting got off to a disastrous start. They were tottering at 21-3. In-form batswoman and captain Meg Lanning was castled by India's Jhulan Goswami for a duck. Twitter/@icc
6/9
The Australian batting got off to a disastrous start. They were tottering at 21-3. In-form batswoman and captain Meg Lanning was castled by India's Jhulan Goswami for a duck. Twitter/@icc
The middle order held on and looked to dent India's hopes of reaching the final. However, India's bowling and fielding pulled the team back into contention. India's Shikha Pandey, right, celebrates with India's Mona Meshram after dismissing Australia's Ellyse Perry. AP
7/9
The middle order held on and looked to dent India's hopes of reaching the final. However, India's bowling and fielding pulled the team back into contention. India's Shikha Pandey, right, celebrates with India's Mona Meshram after dismissing Australia's Ellyse Perry. AP
The bowlers and fielders complemented the exemplary batting in the first innings by tightening the flow of runs and chipping in with wickets in regular intervals. AP
8/9
The bowlers and fielders complemented the exemplary batting in the first innings by tightening the flow of runs and chipping in with wickets in regular intervals. AP
But, this was the day that will be known for the swashbuckling innings by India's Harmanpreet Kaur. Her 171* ensured India reached the Women's World Cup final for the second time. India avenged the losses to Australia earlier in the tournament and the 2005 World Cup final.  Twitter/@icc
9/9
But, this was the day that will be known for the swashbuckling innings by India's Harmanpreet Kaur. Her 171* ensured India reached the Women's World Cup final for the second time. India avenged the losses to Australia earlier in the tournament and the 2005 World Cup final.  Twitter/@icc