India trounce Australia to enter Women's World Cup final
Rain had reduced the match to a 42 overs per side contest, with bad weather and a sodden outfield delaying the scheduled 10:30 am (0930 GMT) start by more than two hours. Photograph: (Twitter)
India's women's cricket team beat Australia by 36 runs to reach the Women's World Cup final.
Harmanpreet Kaur hit an incredible 171 not out as India made 281 off their rain-restricted 42 overs before they dismissed six-time champions Australia for 245.
Australia, set 282 to win and what would have been a record World Cup chase if successful, got off to a terrible start as they lost three wickets inside the opening eight overs.
Despite some impressive hitting from Elyse Villani, who recorded her best ODI score of 75, they were never able to keep up with the required run rate and were dismissed for 245 with 11 balls to spare.
India will face now England, the three-time champions, in Sunday's final at Lord's. This is only the second time the Indian cricket team has reached the finals.
The Player of the Match award went to none other than India’s Harmanpreet Kaur.
Indian had won the toss and elected to bat first.