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India Women vs Australia Women: ICC Womens World Cup 2017

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJul 21, 2017 00:37 IST

India play Australia for a spot in Sunday's final.

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00:37 (IST)21 JUL 2017

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00:36 (IST)21 JUL 2017

Mithali Raj: "Harman's innings was exceptional. bowlers have done really well. This unit looks compact now. Winning a semi-finals against Australia is a huge achievement. We have players now who are of international standard. They are standing up every game. The top order is scoring when it's actually needed."

00:36 (IST)21 JUL 2017

Meg Lanning: "We couldn't stop her. Congratulations to India. We didn't get the start we wanted, lost too many wickets through the middle. We haven't really nailed a full game. We've had glimpses with the ball."

00:31 (IST)21 JUL 2017

Harmanpreet says, "I'm feeling proud. My innings was only worth it because they were restricted.  I'm looking forward to the finals. England are a good side and we will definitely give them a fight. It's always good when you score runs for your team and I'm very happy. When we were started from Bombay, we wanted to reach the semi-final, then reach the final."

"I would like to thank the support staff and all the fans for their support."

00:31 (IST)21 JUL 2017

Harmanpreet Kaur is the Player of the Match for her brilliant unbeaten century.

00:30 (IST)21 JUL 2017

Time for the presentation ceremony.

00:30 (IST)21 JUL 2017

India will now play England in the final at a sold out Lord's on Sunday.

00:27 (IST)21 JUL 2017

Chasing 282 in 42 overs was never going to be easy. Three quick wickets, including those of Meg Lanning and Nicole Bolton, did not help the cause in any way. However, the Aussies just refused to give up.

Elyse Villani joined Ellyse Perry in the middle and the duo showed how to forge the perfect partnership. As Villani went through with her attacking shots, Perry complemented her by playing the role of an anchor. For a moment it looked like the duo would run away with the match.

However, Villani was finally dismissed after having scored a 58-ball 75. Perry, as well, soon joined her in the pavilion. With wickets falling at regular intervals, Alex Blackwell decided to give it a final flurry.

She batted fearlessly and took on the Indians. Singlehandedly, she kept her team in the match with a terrific 56-ball 90. However, it was always going to be a little too late.

For India, Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey bowled excellently while Deepti Sharma picked up three crucial wickets.

00:22 (IST)21 JUL 2017

Deepti Sharma finally gets the better of Blackwell. It's all over in Derby.  Mithali Raj jumps up in joy and joins in on the team huddle. India make it to their second ever final, the first in the last 12 years.

00:21 (IST)21 JUL 2017

Australia are 245 all out. India storm into the finals after winning the match by 36 runs!

00:20 (IST)21 JUL 2017

245/9 after 40 overs. Australia need 37 runs from 12 balls. Mathematically, very much possible.

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Four from  Blackwell, she has reached up to 89. Can she get to that century she so deserves?

00:17 (IST)21 JUL 2017

Poonam Yadav is back into the attack.

00:15 (IST)21 JUL 2017

238/9 after 39 overs. Australia refusing to give up.

00:13 (IST)21 JUL 2017

Veda Krishnamurthy introduced into the attack. My, my! Deja vu from the first innings when Villani was given the ball and clobbered for 19.

00:11 (IST)21 JUL 2017

227/9 after 38 overs. Australia need 55 runs to win from 24 balls. If they manage to do it, it will be a miracle, in every sense of that word.

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Another four. This time a rare full-toss from Goswami. Blackwell takes full advantage.

00:09 (IST)21 JUL 2017

Four from Blackwell. She has dispatched a well-directed yorker to the fence. Excellent!

00:08 (IST)21 JUL 2017

Jhulan Goswami is back into the attack.

00:07 (IST)21 JUL 2017

218/9 after 37 overs. Australia still need 64 runs in 30 balls. One wicket remaining. You do the math.

00:05 (IST)21 JUL 2017

Blackwell hits a massive six to long on. And another off the very next ball. She is not willing to give up yet.

00:04 (IST)21 JUL 2017

Rajeshwari Gayakwad is back into the attack.

00:03 (IST)21 JUL 2017

203/9 after 36 overs. Australia, still battling on. Meanwhile, Blackwell completes her fifty off just 37 balls. She is playing a lone hand here.

23:59 (IST)20 JUL 2017

195/9 after 35 overs. A final flourish before bowing out, eh? Nevertheless, some sensational hitting from Blackwell. A little too late, I reckon.

23:55 (IST)20 JUL 2017

183/9 after 34 overs. It is no longer a question of who will win the match. 

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Gayakwad will continue and Blackwell hits her for a boundary off the first ball. Dances down and finds her spot in the off-side.

23:52 (IST)20 JUL 2017

174/9 after 33 overs. The nail in the coffin is getting deeper and deeper.

23:52 (IST)20 JUL 2017

Kristen Beams walks in to bat at No. 10.

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WICKET! Ninth one down for Australia. Schutt, looking to attack, makes a complete mess of it and holes out to Goswami.

23:50 (IST)20 JUL 2017

Deepti Sharma is back into the attack

23:49 (IST)20 JUL 2017

168/8 after 32 overs. Nothing much left in this game, is there? India look like they are coasting to the final.

23:48 (IST)20 JUL 2017

Four from Blackwell. Loose delivery from Gayakwad and these are easy pickings. She swivels across and pulls it for a boundary.

23:45 (IST)20 JUL 2017

Rajeshwari Gayakwad is back into the attack

23:45 (IST)20 JUL 2017

160/8 after 31 overs. India inching towards their sixth consecutive win here in Derby.

23:44 (IST)20 JUL 2017

Four from Blackwell. Wow, just clobbers it down the ground. Brute power.

23:43 (IST)20 JUL 2017

Megan Schutt, right handed bat, comes to the crease

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And another one goes down! Eight wickets down for Australia.  As Ian Bishop says on air, 'Goswami can do no wrong today.' Blackwell hammered a drive straight but Goswami gets a finger on it as the ball ricochets and uproots the bails at the non-striker's end. Jonassen has to go.

23:41 (IST)20 JUL 2017

Goswami continues.

23:40 (IST)20 JUL 2017

154/7 after 30 overs. Indians are firmly in the driving seat and are dictating the terms.

23:39 (IST)20 JUL 2017

Jess Jonassen is the new batswoman in.

23:39 (IST)20 JUL 2017

WICKET! The Aussies are reeling here in Derby. The ball was wide and outside off but it turned viciously. Gardner was looking to hit it through point but ends up giving a dolly to Mithali Raj at cover.

23:36 (IST)20 JUL 2017

Poonam Yadav is back into the attack.

23:35 (IST)20 JUL 2017

150/6 after 29 overs. Still think Australia are in the match? I reckon it's all over. But with cricket, you can never be too sure.

23:34 (IST)20 JUL 2017

Ashleigh Gardner comes to the crease.

23:34 (IST)20 JUL 2017

Another one goes down. India take another step towards Lord's. Goswami pitches the ball up, Healy trying to get up and over, hits straight to Pandey at mid-wicket. Australia 148/6 after 28.3 overs.

23:32 (IST)20 JUL 2017

Goswami is back into the attack.

23:30 (IST)20 JUL 2017

147/5 after 28 overs. Australia still need 135 runs in 84 balls with five wickets remaining.

23:30 (IST)20 JUL 2017

Four from Healy. Welcome boundary for Australia. Top shot from the Aussie as she skips out and laces it over extra cover.

23:28 (IST)20 JUL 2017

Deepti Sharma will continue.

23:26 (IST)20 JUL 2017

140/5 after 27 overs. Brilliant over from Pandey, wicket-maiden.
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