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India Women vs New Zealand Women: ICC Womens Cricket World Cup 2017

It's a virtual semi-final between India Women and New Zealand Women at Derby...
Updated: 15 July 2017 21:22 IST - Published: 14 July 2017 22:56 IST
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This brings the live coverage of today's game to a close. Have a good night ahead. We will be back with more live coverage when India play in the semi-finals. Till then, adios!
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Suzie Bates says, "We were nowhere near good as we needed to be. That's how it's been in pressure games this tournament. We started really well, but in the middle phase, we haven't been able to break partnerships. There's going to be a lot of reviews of our team because we were expected to make the semi-finals. It was a good batting track but we wanted to keep them under 250."
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Raj says, "Extremely happy," she says. "For a couple of us, this will be the last World Cup, so our first aim was to enter the semi-finals. I've always dreamt of getting runs for the country. The hunger never dies. There were two vital stands, with Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda. After the powerplays, we needed more runs. Her 60-odd was as important as my 100. Harmanpreet's knock was important too. If you're aiming to be in the top four teams in the world, you have to come back after defeats. In the previous World Cups, we hadn't done that, so it was important to fire today."
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Correction, Gayakwad is not the Player of the Match. That was just Anjum Chopra getting too excited with India's win. Mithali Raj is the Player of the Match and rightly so.
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This is India's first entry into the semi-final of an ICC event since 2010. Incredible performance from them today!
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Rajeshwari Gayakwad is the Player of the Match. She says, "I was out for six games but I didn't feel bad. We were doing really well, so I was happy. Got my chance today and happy that I delivered. I have been doing normal stuff, just trying to stick to my strengths in the nets. Been working on my fitness, kept running in and out with drinks. Guess that helped! (laughs). This is my best performance in my career. I always got four-fors, but never a fiver. So I would rate this as my best."
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What a brilliant effort from the Indian bowlers! 266 was a difficult target but no one expected the White Ferns to go down without a fight. Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey started things off for India as they bowled in tandem with the new ball. They picked up a wicket apiece within the first 10 overs and put the pressure on the New Zealand batswomen.

Then, the spinners came on and completely outwitted the opposition. Rajeshwari Gayakwad, coming in for her first match of the World Cup, put in an inspiring performance and picked up five wickets and did the star turn with the ball. Deepti Sharma, as well, was terrific and the Indians deserved this win!

Also, this is White Ferns' lowest score in a World Cup.
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India win their fifth match in Derby in the World Cup. If they do meet Australia here in the semi-final, they will be confident of pulling off an upset.
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So there you have it. New Zealand have been bundled out for 79 runs in 25.3 overs. India march into the semi-final with a huge win.
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Wicket! Bowled! There's the final wicket! Gayakwad finishes off with a fiver!
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Gayakwad continues. What an inspiring addition she has been to the XI!
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78/9 after 25 overs. The likely semi-final line-up as things stand now: India v Australia here in Derby. England v South Africa in Taunton
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And there's another one! Woah! Kerr can bat! She drills this one straight over the bowler's head. If only Poonam was a bit taller.
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Kerr gets a boundary here. Will get the New Zealand fans cheering for a while.
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67/9 after 24 overs. It has been a clinical performance by the Indians today.
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Leigh Kasperek, right handed bat, comes to the crease at No. 11.
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GONE! Ninth wicket down now. Gayakwad gets her fourth of the day. Pitches it up, invites the drive and forces the thick edge from Tahuhu. Good catch by Goswami at first slip.
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Gayakwad continues. Tahuhu picks up a boundary square of the wicket to get off the mark.
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63/8 after 23 overs. A good start for Poonam Yadav. How long can the White Ferns hold on? Lea Tahuhu is the new batswomen in.
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OUT! There's the eighth wicket! A full toss is hit straight to mid-on by Maddy Green. She could have hit it anywhere, it was a poor delivery. But it has been that kind of a day for the White Ferns.
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Poonam Yadav now comes into the attack. Meanwhile, Harmanpreet Kaur leaves the field to receive some treatment.
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62/6 after 22 overs. Gayakwad, playing in her first match at the World Cup, has been top class today. Her figures read, 6-1-10-3.
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India are in a hurry to finish the match today. Amelia Kerr, right handed bat, comes to the crease
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WICKET! Seventh one down now. Gayakwad bowls a full, straight ball that completely beats Rowe and cleans off her bails. 
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61/6 after 21 overs. How long can the White Ferns hold off the inevitable? The writing is clearly on the wall.
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Four from Hannah Rowe. That was a poor ball from Deepti but India won't mind much. 
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Deepti Sharma continues.
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57/6 after 20 overs. There is no way back from for the White Ferns, is there?
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Hannah Rowe is the new batswoman in.
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Gayakwad continues. And she picks up an important wicket! Stunning catch from Deepti Sharma as she ran back and dived to grasp the ball. Six wickets down.
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57/5 after 19 overs. A boundary, a welcome one for New Zealand off the last ball from a free hit. A very good over other than that.
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Gone! Fifth one down! The youngster has gone right through the gate of Perkins. She looped the ball up, and got the expansive turn and bounce. Perkins going for the drive, misses the ball completely and has to depart.

Maddy Green, right handed bat, comes to the crease
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Deepti Sharma continues.
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52/4 after 18 overs. Couple of shouts in that over for LBW but the umpire remains unmoved. Gayakwad has been right on the money so far.
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Katie Perkins, right handed bat, comes to the crease
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The fourth wicket has gone down here and New Zealand, who started the tournament as one of the favourites, are in a spot of bother. India are calling the shots at the moment.
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Gayakwad continues. And, that's OUT! She has got the big fish, Amy Satterthwaite. The batter skips down the track, but is outwitted by the bowler. Sushma Verma does the needful behind the stumps.
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51/3 after 17 overs. The spinners are drying off the runs completely. Just two from that over. The pressure is mounting on the New Zealand batswomen.
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Deepti Sharma continues.
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49/3 after 16 overs. Gayakwad is really getting into her groove now. Gave away just one run in that over.
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There was a chance! Devine chips it in the air but the ball lands just short of Smriti Mandhana at mid-on, who was diving forward. Difficult.
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48/3 after 15 overs. Six runs from that over.
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A beautiful shot from Satterthwaite. She is looking the real deal here. Gets forward and executes the perfect cover drive.
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Deepti Sharma to continue.
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42/3 after 14 overs. Gayakwad makes a good comeback after being hit for a boundary early on. 5 runs from that over.
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Gayakwad continues. And that's a lovely, deft shot from Satterthwaite. She waits for it and plays it a the last moment, guiding it towards third man for a four.
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37/3 after 13 overs. It is a difficult task ahead for the White Ferns. Amy Satterthwaite, of course, holds the key. They need to build a partnership here to keep themselves in the match.
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Deepti Sharma will continue.
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34/3 after 12 overs. Good, tidy start for Gayakwad. Just two singles in that over.
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Rajeshwari Gayakwad, who replaced Ekta Bisht in the XI, comes into the attack.