India beat NZ to reach Semi-Finals

Yolanda Curtis
July 15, 2017

India skipper Mithali Raj scored her sixth ODI century to steer her side into the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup at New Zealand's expense.

Rao, who sent a congratulatory message to Raj, said she made the country proud with her achievement, a release from his office said.

India eves and New Zealand Women are up against each other in a must win encounter to reach into semis of ICC Women's World Cup 2017 here at County Ground in Derby.

Earlier, Indian captain Mitali Raj led from the front to steer her team to a comfortable 265 runs for the loss of seven wickets. She had created history to become the leading run-scorer in women's One Day International cricket during the last match against Australia.

Losing the toss, India came out to bat against New Zealand and scored 265/7 in 50 overs.

Against the ongoing match against the White Ferns, Raj rescued the team in the virtual quarterfinal as opener Smriti Mandhana got out cheaply once again. India were dealt with another blow as Rowe removed Deepti Sharma without allowing the Indian to open her account. New Zealand have experience: two of their players completed 100 ODIs in this tournament. In 1999, she burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old with a hundred on debut against Ireland at Milton Keynes, an innings that still makes her the youngest ever ODI centurion. 7 runs later, she became the first to score 6,000 runs and she did that with a six down town. Krishnamurthy was there to give impetus to the Indian innings towards the close and she was by far the most aggressive batswomen as she was always looking for big shots. "I think our bowlers need to more consistent in terms of their areas and bowling the good balls".

The top-10 is dominated by women from England (3), Australia (3) and New Zealand.

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