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ICC Women's World Cup 2017, India vs Australia semi-final, Highlights and cricket result: IND advance into final
Catch the live score and updates of ICC Women's World Cup 2017 semi-final between India and Australia.
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.
OUT! A special delivery to castle an outstanding batswoman. Deliveries won't get much better than this. And who else than Goswami, the highest wicket taker in Women's ODIs, could produce it? She pitched it on a good length and Lanning went forward to defend, but the ball swung away late from Lanning and disturbed the sticks. Goswami is ecstatic, I am sure the whole team is! Lanning walks back for 0, how big a blow is this for Australia?
Ellyse Perry is the new batter in.
With the pitch inspection brought forward, the toss will happen at 13:25 local time (17:55 IST).
The match is scheduled to start at 13:45 (18:15 IST).
LIVE NEWS and UPDATES
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!
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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
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