Kaur's 171 leads India past Australia, into WC final

Kaur's 171 leads India past Australia, into WC final

Indian Women's cricket team star batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur smashed a century against defending champions Australia in the semi-finals of Women's World Cup 2017.

India will take on Australia in the second semifinal of the ICC Women's World Cup at Derby, England, on Thursday (July 20).

The latest update for today's match is that India has won the toss and have chosen to bat first. In fact, I think the pressure will be more on Australia. Mithali Raj came in at 38 for 2 and lifted her team to 204 for 6. "She's a big game player and I'm sure we'll see that again this week".

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Much of the focus during this Women's World Cup has been on Mithali Raj, the highest scorer in one-day internationals, but India have plenty of depth. Harmanpreet brought up her 10th ODI half-century in 64 balls with a pull off Kristen; second in a row. Smriti Mandhana after a great start has failed to accumulate 50 runs in her last five innings. Then the bowlers wrapped up New Zealand for just 79 runs.

Australia have been the more consistent of the two sides losing only one of their group matches (to England). When the Board of Control for Cricket in India finally sanctioned the participation of their women players for overseas leagues, it was a breakthrough for talented players like Kaur. It drew comparisons with Kapil Dev's historic 175 against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells during the 1983 campaign with members of the men's team, including skipper Virat Kohli, showering accolades on her.

India has managed to win only eight out of the 42 WODIs they have played against Australia.

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Raj fell for 36 from 61 balls to reduce India to 3-101, and following the exit of her captain Kaur stepped up and took the game to the world champions in swashbuckling style. She just needed another 17 balls to get to 150 - a phase through which the Australian bowlers were taken to the cleaners.

However, incandescent with rage at her partner, she threw her bat and helmet in the direction of Deepti Sharma thinking she had been run out. She was looking to hoick the ball over mid-wicket when she ended up gifting a simple catch to Beth Mooney.

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At 101/3, the 28-year-old Kaur was at her attacking best but needed someone to support her at the other end, as Deepti played the flawless second fiddle with her waiting game.

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