India drubs NZ to book its spot in semifinal
Derby, UK - India thrashed New Zealand by 186 runs to book its berth in the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup semifinal for the first time since 2010 on Saturday.
Indian skipper Mithali Raj scored a century (109) to help her team post 265 for seven before Rajeshwari Gayakwad took five for 15 to bowl out New Zealand for paltry 79 runs.
It was Rajeshwari's maiden five-wicket haul in one-day internationals.
Besides Mithali, India was able to post a competitive score, thanks to a cameo 45-ball 70 from Veda Krishnamurthy late in the innings. Harmanpreet Kaur (60) also contributed with a half-century and shared a century stand with Mithali for the third wicket after India was reduced to 21 for two.
India faces Australia in the semifinal at Derby on Thursday. Hosts England take on South Africa in the first semifinal on Tuesday.
Brief scores: India 265-7 in 50 overs (Mithali 109, Harmanpreet 60, Veda 70) beat New Zealand 79 all out in 25.3 overs (Amy Satterthwaite 26; Rajeshwari 5-15). Other results: Australia 269 all out in 48.3 overs beat South Africa 210 all out in 50 overs.
England 220-7 in overs beat West Indies 128-9 in 50 overs.
Sri Lanka 221-7 in 50 overs beat Pakistan 206 all out in 46.4 overs.