In the ‘do or die’ match to clinch the Semi final spot in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, India thrashed New Zealand on Saturday and sealed the semi-final berth.
Put into bat, India posted a more than competitive total of 265/7, thanks to skipper Mithali Raj’s brilliant century. A quickfire 45-ball 70-run innings from Veda Krishnamurthy in the death overs and Harmanpreet Kaur’s half century during the rebuilding phase of the innings were crucial too.
Playing her first game of the tournament, Rajeswari Gayakwad put up a stellar bowling display and took five wickets for just 15 runs. In the end, New Zealand were bowled out for a meager 79, handing India a 186-run victory. This win ensured India qualify for the semi-final of an ICC event for the first time since 2010.
India will play against Australia in the Semi Final on Thursday. India need to put up even better performance than this as Australia had already thrashed India in a league match of this ICC tournament.