India defeats New Zealand to reach semi-finals of Women's World Cup

Emmett Rice
July 16, 2017

She has crossed this landmark in a world cup group match against Australia women. I felt that somewhere if I had few more batters to support me, maybe my game would have been much better. Courtesy of a fine hundred by skipper Mithali and a fine bowling performance by Rajeshwari Gayakwad the Indian eves won the match by a huge margin of 186. It will also likely be the World Cup swansong of fellow 34-year-old, pacer Jhulan Goswami.

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Stylish former India batsman VVS Laxman took to Twitter to congratulate Mithali Raj and her team.

Mithali, who in the earlier match against Australia became the highest run-getter in ODIs and first batswoman to reach 6,000 runs, continued with her purple patch.

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New Zealand have crumbled for a paltry 79 against India to exit the women's cricket World Cup in miserable fashion.

A brilliant quick-fire 70 off just 45 balls from Krishnamurthy, studded with seven fours and two sixes, then took India past 260.

India were off to a disastrous start, losing the early wickets of Smriti Mandana (13) and Punam Raut (4) to find themselves tottering at a precarious 21/2 by the eighth over. Indian women have shattered many records and earned a good name for the country. We were doing so well, I was happy.

The first semi-final will be held on 18th July in which the teams in the first and fourth place will battle for a seat in the finals whereas second and third placed teams will play against each other in the second semi-final which will be held on 20th July. The spin trio of Gayakwad, Deepti and Poonam Yadav shared the remaining eight wickets between themselves, and rather quickly, to wrap up New Zealand for a measly total.

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