WWC: Harmanpreet Kaur’s 171* helps India knock-out defending champions Australia and reach final

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Derby: India defeated Australia by 36 runs to storm into the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 on the back of a stellar knock by Harmanpreet Kaur on July 20.
Mithali Raj won the toss at the County Ground in Derby and had little hesitation in choosing to bat first. Her decision seemed to be incorrect at the outset after India lost their openers cheaply, but the skipper was joined by Kaur to resurrect the innings. The duo put on 66 runs for the third wicket.
India found themselves in a deep hole once again when Raj was sent packing for 36. But from there on, the sizeable crowd gathered on the ground, and the millions watching on television, were treated to an absolute master-class on power-hitting by young Kaur.
The right-hander went on to score a jaw-dropping 171 not-out as India put up a mammoth 281. Kaur’s stunning assault was studded with 20 fours and seven sixes. There is little doubt in the fact that this innings by Harmanpreet Kaur will be remembered as one of the greatest of all time, in both and women’s and men’s cricket.
Such a massive chase, that too in the semi-final of a World Cup, was going to require a Herculean effort from the defending champions. The Australians, however, were pegged back with early wickets by some fine bowling from India’s new-ball bowlers.

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