Harmanpreet's knock gets India into the finals


"When we started from Bombay, we wanted to reach the semi-final, then reach the final".

The only plus point that Indian team has is the psychological advantage over British due to their win in the group stage match but the final will prove to be a different ball-game altogether. "India also need to bat the way they did against New Zealand".

India batting hero Harmanpreet Kaur has credited the experience of playing for Sydney Thunder in the WBBL for her match-winning innings against Australia. The previous highest by an Indian was 107 by Harmanpreet Kaur against England, in Mumbai, during the 2013 World Cup.

Lannings turned to her opening bowler Ashleigh Gardner, unable to stop her carnage, but it only resulted in Kaur milking the pacer for 23 runs, which included two consecutive sixes and as many boundaries in an over. Can India combat them? It is a formidable team, and the country has won the women's world cup six times over the years.

Sharma looked to have been run out by Healy only for the video review to show she had grounded her bat in time.

Raj is now in top form, having scored 356 runs in seven innings at a strike rate of 50.

She may not have the cannon barrel physique of Sophie Devine, but was just two short of Devine's record of nine sixes in an innings.

Raj has so often been India's saviour with the bat, but Kaur stepped when her country needed her, bringing up her third ODI ton in freakish circumstances.

Her third worldwide ton was brought up in freaky circumstances as she scampered for the two runs she needed to raise her bat.

She has scored 226 runs in the tournament so far and if Law of Averages is anything to go by, she is set for a big knock today. Disciplined bowling by India did not let the Australians free their arms in the beginning of the innings as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Mithali Raj (36) tried to consolidate the innings but was struggling to get going as Kaur (171 not out) was settling at the other end as the duo added 66 runs for the third wicket to take the total past 100 by the 25th over mark. She is now in form and the conditions in Derby are likely to assist her. Harmanpreet did not think twice before setting off, yet again, and covered the 22-yards twice to help India finish with a mammoth 281 on the board. Meg Lanning had fielders in her strong zones: deep mid-wicket, long on, and deep square-leg.

The India skipper attributed Harmanpreet's turnaround to her 60-run-knock, her first half-century of the tournament - that was the key in the middle overs against New Zealand in what was a virtual quarter-final. "As I mentioned in the last press meet, against Australia it was they who were giving us more inputs about these players". Indian bowlers then came out and bowled out the World Cup debutants for 235 in 57 overs with Madan Lal taking three wickets while Roger Binny got two.

Lords cricket ground has been a dream for women cricketers especially when the doors were thrown open for them in 2009.