Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy guide India to 265 vs NZ

The women cricketers of India found their way to the semi-finals of ICC Women's World Cup 2017 after defeating New Zealand by a whopping 186 runs. The first semi-final between England and South Africa will take place at the Bristol County Ground in Bristol on Tuesday, 18 July, while the second semi-final between Australia and India will be played on Thursday, 20 July at the County Ground in Derby.

"I'm extremely happy because for a couple of us, this is going to be the last World Cup", Raj said after the match. "In 2009, when the tournament was played in Australia, we defeated them to finish third". But a spectacular batting collapse against fiery South Africa brought them crashing down. From team's perspective, it's important to perform my role consistently. The team rankings for One Day Internationals as such did not change and Australia remain top of the table followed by England and New Zealand.

On Saturday Mithali also became the first Indian batswoman to reach the 100 run mark in World Cup Cricket.

Mithali revealed her message to the team which made India produce such a strong performance despite losing their previous two games by big margins.

Apart from the loss against England, New Zealand only went down to Australia in the ongoing World Cup while their match against South Africa was washed out, and captain Suzie Bates sounded positive heading into the decider.

As a cricket player, I had a odd experience of facing two women bowlers in a league game on 1st January 1980. Gayakwad was announced the player of the Match.

Mithali's father, who was an officer with the Indian Air Force and later joined the Andhra Bank, started taking his daughter to the St John's coaching camp in Secunderabad when she was 10. The girls wanted to do well [on Saturday], give their best and they knew it was one game that could get us into the semis.

But the skipper didn't take the credit alone for the win and lauded the entire team for the magnificent win in a virtual quarter-final. The victor on 15th July and will get the last spot on the semi-final list. There were injury concerns surrounding all-rounder Devine, who picked up a side strain in the last game, but Bates said that she was available for selection, if only as a batter.

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