India qualified for the semi-final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 for the first time since 2010 after they beat New Zealand by 186 runs in the final group game. Put into bat first in the do-or-die game India lost two early wickets of the openers by captain Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Singh rebuilt the innings and before the latter was dismissed, India were looking for a total close to 230. But, Veda Krishnamurthy’s 45-ball 70 gave India the momentum and they finished with a total of 265/7 with Mithali scoring a century. Rajeshwari Gayakwad took her first five-wicket haul in ODIs as India bowled out New Zealand for 79.
New Zealand 79 all out – New Zealand, chasing a target of 266 runs, lost some early wickets and could never recover from loss. They kept losing wickets at regular wickets. They are chasing a target of 266 runs which was posted by India, thanks to a brilliant century from captain Mithali Raj and a 45-ball 70 from Veda Krishnamurthy in the do-or-die group game. The winner of this match will enter the semi-finals.
INDIA: Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj (CPT), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Sushma Verma (WKT), Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav
NEW ZEALAND: Suzie Bates (CPT), Rachel Priest (WKT), Amy Satterthwaite, Katey Martin, Sophie Devine, Katie Perkins, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu, Leigh Kasperek