In the second semifinal of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 India scored 281 runs in 42 overs. India won the toss and opted to bat first in a rain curtailed match. Match has been reduced to 42 overs per inning. England has already qualified for the final after beating South Africa. Winner of this match will play with the host country England in final on 23rd July at the Lords.
India started with openers with Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut. Mandhana was out early after scoring 6 runs in 6 balls. Indian Skipper Mithali Raj then joined Punam Raut and both batted cautiously. Punam Raut was out in 10th over of the inning after scoring 14 off 26 balls. Harmanpreet Kaur then joined the skipper. Both of them added 66 runs for the third wicket. The parthership was broken when skipper Mithali Raj was out for 36 ruuns.
At that time this seemed that India would put a score around 200; however, Harmanpreet Kaur had other plans. She started hittin boundaries and sixes. After scoring her harlf-century she reached to her hunderd in next 25 balls. Carnage didn’t stop there. Australian bowling was clueless and she scored 71 runs in next 25 balls. In all she scored 20 fours and 7 sixes scoring 171 runs in 115 runs. She scored with a strike rate of 148.70. She remained unbeaten.
Harmanpreet Kaur today scored 5th highest score in Women’s Cricket. In lower middle order Deepti Sharma made 25 off 35 balls while Veda Krishnamurthy scored valuable 16 off 10 balls. After the quota of 42 overs Indian side finished with 281 runs after loss of 4 wickets with a run rate of 6.69.
For Australia Megan Schutt, Ashleigh Gardner, Kristen Beams and Elyse Villani took 1 wicket each.
In reply Australia were 78 after loss of 3 wickets in 17 overs. Nicole Bolton was out for 14 off 22 balls. Beth Mooney was out for just 1 off 5 balls. Meg Lanning was out without making any contribution. Till the last report Ellyse Perry and Ellye Villani were at the crease.