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Women's World Cup semi-final: Harmanpreet?Kaur's ton puts India on top against Australia

Harmanpreet Kaur hit a brilliant 171 in just 115 balls to put India on top against Australia in the Women's World Cup semi-final. Photograph: (Twitter)

WION Web Team Derby, United Kingdom Jul 20, 2017, 01.06 PM (IST)

It is a big day for India's women's cricket team as they take on Australia in the World Cup semi-final at Derby today. The match has been reduced to 42 overs after torrential rain hit the ground early in the morning.

England beat South Africa in the first semi-final to enter the Women's World Cup final.

Indian captain Mithali Raj won the toss and has elected to bat first.

 

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India XI

S Mandhana, P Raut, M Raj, H Kaur, D Sharma, V Krishnamurthy, S Verma, J Goswami, S Pandey, R Gayakwad, P Yadav

Australia XI

B Mooney, N Bolton, M Lanning, E Perry, E Villani, A Blackwell, A Healy, A Gardner, J Jonassen, M Schutt, K Beams

India

1st Over: Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut will open the batting for India. Smriti Mandhana hits a boundary. Out, Smriti caught at covers. India loses their first wicket. Indian captain Mithali Raj walks in to bat.

India: 6/1

8th Over: Mithali Raj and Punam Raut have taken control, Mithali is batting confidently on 8(21 balls) Raut is giving her company with 13(21). India needs to keep their nerves in this crucial semi-final. Remember this is a 42-over match.

India: 30/1

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20th Over: India have lost 2 wickets but Mithali Raj is keeping Australia at bay. The Indian captain is batting on 29(52balls) with Harmanpreet Kaur giving her company at the other end on 30(15) balls. India lost the second wicket of Raut who fell in the 10th over after scoring just 14 in 26 balls with 2 boundaries.

India: 85/2

30th Over: India lost the wicket of Mithali Raj in the 25th over. The Indian captain fell after scoring a 36 in 61 balls with 2 boundaries. Harmeet Kaur has held India's innings together batting on 71 studded with 9 boundaries and a six, Deepti Sharma is giving her company at the other end.

India: 126/3

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35th Over:  Harmanpreet Kaur hits a century! She has scored her ton in just 90 balls with 12 boundaries and 2 Sixes, this is her big moment. This could become a match winning knock, India needs to up the ante now.

India: 185/3

 

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37th Over: Gardner set to bowl another over, Harmanpreet Kaur on strike. SIX, SIX, 4,4. BRILLIANT.  Harmanpreet is on fire. 2 off the last ball. India has upped the ante in style with Harmanpreet leading the charge. Harmanpreet 126(98balls) 15 boundaries, 4 sixes. India is on a roll. Deepti Sharma is playing a great supporting role still there on 23 off 31 balls, the pair has already added 114 runs for the fourth wicket.

India: 215/3

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42nd Overs: The Indian innings has finally ended. Harmanpreet Kaur has propelled India to 281/4 hitting a brilliant 171 in just 115 balls with 20 boundaries and seven massive sixes. Australia need 282 runs to beat India, will they be able to? Tough task ahead for the Aussies.   

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