DERBY: Team India scored 281-run against Australia in the second semi-final of the Women`s World Cup at Deby on Thursday.
India’s middle order batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur put India to a commanding position as she smashed 171 not-out off just 115 balls.
Kaur hit 20 fours and seven sixes. The Chandigarh-born not only slammed her 3rd ODI hundred but also became 5th highest run-scorer in women’s cricket.
After winning the toss, India were tottering at 35/2 in 9.2 overs when Harmanpreet along with captain Mithali Raj stitched together a partnership of 66 runs for the third-wicket to steady the innings.
Rain reduced this match to a 42 overs per side contest, with bad weather and a sodden outfield delaying the scheduled 10:30am(0930 GMT) start by more than two hours.
India retained the side that beat New Zealand — in what was a virtual quarter-final — five days ago at the same Derby ground where they have won all four matches they´ve played at the venue in this tournament.
Australia captain and star batsman Meg Lanning, who was rested from the reigning champions´ last match against South Africa to manage a longstanding shoulder injury, returned in place of interim skipper Rachael Haynes in Australia´s only change.
The winner of match will play in the sell-out final at Lord´s on Sunday against tournament hosts England, who defeated South Africa by just two wickets in the first semi-final at Bristol on Thursday.
There they will meet tournament hosts England, who progressed after beating South Africa in the first semi-final.
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