India stunned defending champions Australia by 36 runs to secure a spot in the Women’s World Cup final
India's women's cricket team beat Australia by 36 runs to reach the Women's World Cup final on Thursday.
Harmanpreet Kaur's undefeated 171 provided India the platform for victory.
"I wanted to utilise this opportunity. I wanted to prove myself. My plan was watching the ball and just hitting it hard. This is what I was doing. I wanted to hit and rotate the strike," said 28-year-old Kaur.
Kaur's 171 was her third ODI century, the first outside of India and her highest ever score, coming off 115 balls and including 20 fours and seven sixes.
Praises and congratulatory messages from the cricket fraternity poured in for Kaur.
Current head coach of the Indian national cricket team, Ravi Shastri, congratulated Kaur for her feat.
“Harmanpreet you rockstar. Simply awesome,” he wrote on Twitter.
Offspin bowler Harbhajan Singh wrote, “Raging performance by @ImHarmanpreet way to go. #Girlpower.”
Virat Kohli wrote, “What an innings by @ImHarmanpreet and a brilliant effort by the bowlers also so far.”
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, they were never able to keep up with the required run rate and were dismissed for 245 with 11 balls to spare. (Twitter)
India will now play tournament hosts England in the sold-out Lord’s final on Sunday.