In­dia drubs NZ to book its spot in semi­fi­nal

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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