The India women’s cricket team has beaten the defending champions, Australia, in a semifinal match in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 cricket tournament. The team will go on to play against England in the final match on Sunday, 23rd July 2017. The final match of the women’s cricket tournament will take place at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. England beat South Africa in its semifinal match to make it to the final game.
Kaur Scores Unbeaten 171 Runs in Semifinal
India batted first, ending with a run total of 281/4. The Australian team had its work cut out for them if they were going to qualify for the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup. The match ended with Australia achieving only 245 runs, resulting in India winning by a margin of 36 runs.
The game had been reduced to 42 overs because of the rain. Australia’s Alex Blackwell and Elyse Villani both made half century’s with 90 and 75 runs respectively. However, this was simply not enough to chase down India’s incredible runs total.
Harmanpreet Kaur ended the match on 171 runs not out. Her outstanding total included 7 sixes and 20 fours. This is Kaur’s third One Day International century.
While it had first appeared that Australia could easily win the semifinal, Kaur played an unexpected innings that is likely to be the highlight of the ICC Women’s World Cup Cricket tournament.
Kaur Comments on Her Run Total
Kaur is well aware of her excellent achievement, and yet down to earth. She said: “Of course that was the best innings I ever played. It was my best ODI score and I really enjoyed it. Whatever happened, even if we were one wicket down, or two, or three, I wouldn’t let it interrupt my batting flow.”
The woman who helped take India to the final match continued: “That was all I was thinking, that if I get a chance to hit boundaries, I would continue that. I was enjoying it. I like taking singles and doubles, but boundaries give me confidence. So when I got the fours and sixes, it was building my confidence and I was feeling good.”