ICC Women’s World Cup 2017
Ind Vs Nz – Mithali Raj & Rajeshwari Gayakwad took India Into finals
Indian Skipper Mithali Raj crushed her 6 ODI century and Indian left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad has taken a five-wicket pull as India cleared away New Zealand by 186 runs to stride into the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 on Saturday.
Now, Indian Women’s cricket team will battle against Australia in the second semi-finals of ICC Women’s World Cup held on July 20.
Put into bat, India recuperated from an early wobble to score a challenging knock of 265/7 in their last league match, riding on a 132-run remain between Mithali (109) and Harmanpreet Kaur (60) and a bonfire 70 by Veda Krishnamurthy.
India has a great bowling attack to smash the Kiwis batting for 79 in only 25.3 overs.
The Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (5/15) was the great pick of the bowlers with her great five-wicket pull, while Deepti Sharma (2/26) scalped only two and has to satisfy with Jhulan Goswami(1/14), Shikha Pandey (1/12) and Poonam Yadav (1/12) has also picked one each individually.
“Amazingly cheerful. For all of us, this will be the last ICC World Cup, so our first goal was to enter semi-finals,” said Mithali, who has also declared the player of the match for her 109.
She Tweeted After Win
Perfect response from the team after 2 losses to win against New Zealand and seal the semis spot against the Aussies. 😊👍🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/BCndsARL92
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) July 15, 2017
“I’ve usually dreamed of running for the nation. The appetite never passes on. There were two imperative stands, with Harmanpreet and Veda (Krishnamurthy). After power plays, our hunger for more runs took a drastic high. Her (Krishnamurthy’s) 70 was as important as my 100. Harmanpreet’s thump was essential as well,” she said.
“In case you’re intending to be in the best four teams in the world, you have to come back after major defeats. In the previous World Cups we had not done that, so it was imperative to fire the heat today,” Mithali also stated, discussing the two successive major defeats before this win.
Gayakwad stated, “I was out for six matches however I didn’t feel awful or bad. We were doing great and I was glad. Whenever I got the opportunity, I needed to give my everything. This is my best performance or we can call it as an execution, I hadn’t taken a five wicket haul before, so this is very special for me.”
Chasing 266 for a win, New Zealand has lost both openers very early first wicket was of Suzie Bates (1) and then Rachel Priest (5) back to the pavilion in first 3 overs.
At 7 for 2, Katey Martin (12) joins Amy Satterthwaite yet the former was a soft dismissal by spinner Deepti Sharma in her first over as New Zealand has lost 3 wickets in the 11th over with a score of 27/3
Satterthwaite was back to the pavilion in the eighteenth over with Sushma Verma creating a splendid stumping off Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s bowl. The Kiwi’s are now 47-ball 26-run innings which included four boundaries.
Katie Perkins (1) too was sent back very quickly with Sharma tidying her up as New Zealand lost a half of their team for just 52/5 in the nineteenth over.
Gayakwad at that point managed two all the more snappy blows, sending Sophie Devine (7) and Hannah Rowe (4) back to the pavilion as New Zealand were looking down the barrel at 62/7 out of 21.5 overs.
In the next over, Maddy Green was dismissed by Poonam Yadav, while Lea Tahuhu turned into the fourth wicket of Gayakwad, who likewise tidied up last batswoman Leigh Kasperek (0) to finish her first five-wicket haul.
Earlier, Indian site was reduced to 21 for 2 in the eighth over however a 132-run remain between Mithali (109) and Harmanpreet Kaur (60) for the third wicket brought them once again into the match.
A splendid speedy fire 70 off only 45 balls from Krishnamurthy, Included seven fours and two sixes, at that point took India past 260.
In any case, the highlight of the virtual thump out match was Mithali’s 6th ton in her 184th match and her 109 originated from 123 balls and had 11 fours in it.
Mithali, who in the last match against Australia turned into the most astounding run-getter in ODIs and first batswoman to achieve 6000 runs, proceeded with her purple fix in the competition.
She has just hit three half hundred of years and a 46 not out, other than the present ton, from the seven matches she has played up so far.
Coming in the eighth over at the team total of 21-2 at the fall of opener Smriti Mandhana (13), Mithali secured the Indian innings eminently.
She initially steadied the Indian innings with Harmanpreet after the underlying loss of two wickets and afterward agreed with her stance to a beneficial position before being expelled in the last finished.
She found a capable partner in Harmanpreet, who made a pivotal commitment in spite of her moderate batting. Harmanpreet devoured 90 balls for her 60 and hit seven fours.
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