India enter Women’s World Cup final for second time after beating Australia

India beat Australia by 36 runs to enter the final of ICC Women's World Cup 2017 in which they face England on Sunday. India posted 281 for 4 from 42 overs after Harmanpreet Kaur's 171 and then bowled out Australia for 245 to enter final.

By: Express Web Desk | Derby | Updated: July 21, 2017 3:06 am
india vs australia, ind vs aus, women's world cup, India vs Australia semi-final India bowled out Australia for 245 to win the semi-final. (Source: Reuters)

Elyse Villani looked brutal as she attacked the Indian bowlers. After India picked up three early wickets, she took the charge of rebuilding the Australian innings. They were chasing 282 in just 42 overs and needed a big innings. But, once she hit Shikha Pandey straight to mid-on on the first ball of the 24th innings, India sensed they have the match.

But, they were made to wait more. Alex Blackwell played a stunning knock of 90 runs and played some fearless cricket which threatened to pull-off a miraculous chase. Australia, who lost their ninth wicket for 169, were finally bowled out for 245.

Deepti Sharma bowled Blackwell and made sure Blackwell did not overshadow a masterclass from Harmanpreet Kaur who made unbeaten 171 off just 115 balls to help India post 281 for 4 from 42 overs. She did not take the field in the second innings but her team did well to take India to their second ever Women’s World Cup final and first time since 2005.

Despite Blackwell’s stunning innings of 90 off 56 down the order and her 76-run stand for the last wicket with Beams, Australia could not pull of the chase and will not able to defend their title against England at Lord’s on Sunday.

The players waited in the dressing room before the start and rain to stop so they could get some play. Two hours after the scheduled time, the toss took place. The start of the match was delayed by over two hours due to rain and when it began, India decided to bat after Mithali Raj won the toss in the semi-final at Derby, a ground on which India are yet to lose a match in this tournament.

And, Harmanpreet made the first innings all about herself. From her monstrous sixes to her elegant fours to the angry look she had when Deepti Sharma almost ran herself out, it was all about Kaur.

Harmanpreet threw her helmet and gloves and screamed in anger as Deepti failed to acknowledge a call for second run. Both were almost run-out. Dives at either end save them and then Harmanpreet, who completed her century with it, did not even celebrate but threw some words at Deepti.

Apart from that ugly exchange, her innings was class. At one stage, she was scoring one run for every four balls with all singles. No boundaries from her and Raj’s bat was costing India.

Raj was looking good though for her half-century until she was dismissed for 36. Then Kaur took over and played some fearless cricket. She scored century off just 90 balls, hitting 12 fours and two sixes. Those were some of the best shots played and it became an innings of class. She was not even done yet. She moved to 150 in just 17 more balls.

Her scoring pattern went like first fifty off 60 balls, second fifty off 30 balls and the third one off just 17. She was unbeaten at 171 off 115 balls and her body did not have no energy.

But, India had a different start altogether. It did not look different from other matches though. As India have done all through the tournament, they began slowly. Smirti Mandhana and Punam Raut had the responsibility to get India some good start but the former was dismissed in the second over. By the time the 10th over finished, India were two down for 35.

 

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    Smm
    Jul 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm
    Indian express, where's the score card in this article, no links even > -(
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      bala
      Jul 21, 2017 at 12:04 pm
      excellent lesson from Women cricket side to men , I am amazed by the true spirit exposed you proud Indian girls in blue HATSOFF
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        T DUTTA
        Jul 21, 2017 at 10:37 am
        MR RAVIS SHASTRI SHOULD STOP THE FASHION OF OUR CRIKETERS OF PLAYING FOOTBALL DURING PRACTICE SESSION---CRICKETERS SHOULD PRACTICE CRICKET --WHY FOOTBALL?
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          gopal
          Jul 21, 2017 at 10:05 am
          IE shows it class. What should have been headline news relegated to the sides. Good Job Indian Team
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            Sri
            Jul 21, 2017 at 9:48 am
            Jeez! What kind of a news paper is this where simple grammar and usage of words goes unchecked! "Her scoring pattern went like first fifty off 60 balls, second fifty off 30 balls and the third one off just 17. She was unbeaten at 171 off 115 balls and her body did not have no energy." "Her Scoring pattern went like" and "her body did not have no energy" ?!!!?? Since when did American Movie Slang get approval for mainstream reportage? I was under the impression that we have British RP as our language - so what gives? None-the-less, I caught every ball of yesterday's match and I must say, what a game! Well played India! Women's cricket has come of age and are at par with any male cricket teams around the world!
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              Dipti
              Jul 21, 2017 at 10:02 am
              Good you pointed it out. Gone are the days when parents told their children to read newspapers to hone their language (whatever language) skills. As for Indian Express, it is a most patriotic paper. It is taking revenge on the British. It is doing to the English language what they did to us for 200 years. Rape.
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                Alphonso D'souza
                Jul 21, 2017 at 12:32 pm
                Hi Sri You are right. This has become a fashion now. I see these mistakes repeated many times over. English Paper should produce Quality Grammar in content. Cheers
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