India, reaching the final of the World Cup for the first time since 2005, will face England in the decider at Lord’s on Sunday. Harmanpreet Kaur played in-arguably one of the finest ODI innings ever. This lead India Woman Cricket team to a 36- run win against against Australia in the second semi- final of the ICC Women’s World Cup.
It was out- of- the- world power- hitting by Harmanpreet, the girl from Moga district in Punjab. The milestone from 51 to 100 was reached in 26 balls. She raced to 150 from 101 in mere 17 balls. The sixes flew from her bat with monotonic regularity as the Aussie bowlers had no clue as to what hit them. It was largely due to her magnificent knock that India reached to an imposing 281 for four
The India vice- captain smashed her way to a career best magical 171 not out off 115 balls — fourth best in women’s World Cups — leaving the Australian bowlers in a daze in a match that had been curtailed to 42 overs a side due to inclement weather.
Deepti Sharma managed to rattle Blackwell’s stumps to pick up her third wicket and seal the game for India, who’s 90 runs tried to make a match of it, taking the Aussies closer and closer to the target from a hopeless situation.
Mithali Raj’s bowlers did exceedingly well to rip through the Australian top order . Leaving them wobbling at 21 for three in the eighth over. Indian bowler-spearhead Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey took two wickets apiece.
Harmanpreet embellished with as many as seven sixes. This is also the second highest individual score in ODIs for India behind Deepti Sharma’s 188 not out against South Africa earlier this year.
She batted like as if there was no tomorrow. She repeatedly hit the troika of left arm spinner Jess Jonasen, off break bowler Ashleigh Gardner and leg- spinner Kristen with utter disdain. Her footwork against the spinners was exemplary.