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  • 12:22 AM IST

    LIVE | AUS 245 all out : INDIA HAVE DONE IT! They now proceed into their second ICC WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FINAL.

    India were guided to 281 runs thanks to a hammering 171* by Harmanpreet Kaur. For Australia it was Elyse Villani and Alex Blackwell who provided resistance. INDIA beat AUSTRALIA by 36 runs.

  • 12:16 AM IST

    LIVE | AUS 233/9: Alex Blackwell is making quite a impression in the middle. She has taken on the Indian bowling. This could very be be her last ICC World Women Cup. She has been well supported Kristen Beams.

  • 11:55 PM IST

  • 11:44 PM IST

    LIVE | AUS 154/8 : OUT! This time luck favours the brave. Jhulan manages to get a finger on the ball and clips the stumps. Jess Jonassen was backing up too far.

    Poonam Yadav is making quick inroads past the Australian tail. Poonam nabbed up Ashleigh Gardener for 1. Shikha Pandey picked up her second wicket in the form of Alyssa Healy.

  • 11:33 PM IST

  • 11:26 PM IST

    LIVE | AUS 140/5: Mithali Raj brought back Shikha Pandey and she delivered. Ellyse Perry looking to run the ball towards third-man manages to hand Sushma Verma a simple catch for 38 off 56 balls.

  • 11:16 PM IST

    LIVE | AUS 130/4: OUT! Rajeshwari Gayakwad gets the key wicket of Elyse Villani. Villani was taking the game away from India. She along with Elyss Perry added 105 runs for the fourth wicket.

    Perry has now been joined Alex Blackwell.

  • 10:50 PM IST

    LIVE | AUS 92/3: Both have added 50-run in no time to give their side a shot at win. Villani has already a fifty to her name in the tournament. Australia’s success will depend on how Elysse Perry plays in the middle. Villani scored her third fifty in 41 balls.

  • 10:29 PM IST

    LIVE | AUS 60/3: After the fall of Beth Mooney, Nicole Bolton and Meg Lanning, both Elysse Perry and Elyse Villani have managed calm nerves in the middle. They have added 38 runs in no time.

    Villani was lucky to be dropped by Shikha Pandey off Rajeshwari.

  • 10:08 PM IST

    LIVE | AUS 21/3 : OUT! Deepti Sharma does her magic. Superb catch and bowl from the 19-year old. Nicole Bolton looking to chip the ball only to get a faint edge back to the Deepti.

    Australia in a truck load of trouble.

  • 9:57 PM IST

    LIVE | AUS 9/2, 4.5 overs: OUT! How do you play that? An absolute snorter. Jhulan removes Lanning. Pitched on middle and off, and it goes onto rattle her defence. Lanning has no clue.

    Australia lose their captain. Australia lose their best batter.

  • 9:43 PM IST

    LIVE | AUS 4/1, 1.1 overs: OUT! Knocked over. Right through Mooney’s defence. India draw first blood. What a start! In comes Lanning. Caution.

  • 9:19 PM IST
    133 runs in the last 11 overs. Harmanpreet Kaur remains unbeaten on 171 off 115. Australia need 282 to runs to play final against England at Lord’s.

    Can India make it to their second final in World Cup? Or defending champions continue their winning spree?
  • 9:14 PM IST

  • 9:07 PM IST
    Harmanpreet Kaur becomes only the second Indian to score 150 in ODIs and first in World Cup.

    LIVE | India 245/2, 39.3 overs
  • 8:50 PM IST

    Harmanpreet Kaur (116*) registers highest score by an Indian in World Cup, going past Mithali.


    LIVE | India 205/3, 36.3 overs
  • 8:33 PM IST

    Third hundred for Harmanpreet Kaur. 2nd in World Cup. In a second semi-final. Against Australia.

  • 8:24 PM IST

    LIVE | India 160/3, 33 overs: India have managed to get some big overs. The run rate has inched up to 5 per over, and India are well on course for an imposing target. Harmanpreet nearing her third hundred.

  • 8:01 PM IST

    LIVE | India 120/3, 28 overs: Monstrous hit over wide long-on. How powerful is Harmanpreet? She now follows it up with an almighty pull to bring up her 10th fifty. India up the ante.

  • 7:51 PM IST
    LIVE | India 101/3, 25 overs: OUT! Mithali rocks back to cut but fails to make contact. The ball hurries onto the stumps. She goes for 36. In comes Deepti Sharma.
  • 7:45 PM IST

    Mithali Raj goes past Tammy Beaumont, becoming the highest run-scorer in WWC 2017.

  • 7:37 PM IST

    LIVE 77/2, 21 overs: That extension of arms. That back lift. And that timing. How well does Harmanpreet play that sweep over mid-wicket?! India need more of these.

  • 7:23 PM IST

    LIVE | India 59/2, 17 overs: Only 10 runs in the last 4 overs. Australia have kept India on a leash. The run rate reads just below 3.5. A wicket now, and India will stare down the barrel.

  • 7:06 PM IST
    LIVE | India 49/2, 13 overs:

    FOUR. You cannot bowl full outside off to Harmanpreet. She gets on one knee and steers it past cover.

    FOUR more. On off-stump this time, and Harmanpreet drives it down the ground. Perfect.
  • 6:56 PM IST
    LIVE | India 35/2, 9.1 overs:

    OUT! Raut tries to clear boundary but finds Mooney at deep mid-wicket. She finds the only fielder in the deep.

    Harmanpreet walks in join captain Mithali in resurrection.
  • 6:51 PM IST
    LIVE | India 35/1, 9 overs: On her legs, and Mithali smokes it down the ground. Mid-on stands too wide.

    She then dances down the track and eases it over the bowler’s head. Two boundaries in two overs.
  • 6:40 PM IST

    LIVE | India 21/1, 6 overs: Two boundaries for Punam already: one down the leg and the other past short third-man. She has been cheeky. Smart cricket, this. India on the move.

  • 6:36 PM IST
    Meg had said that it was a good toss to loose. And indeed it is.

    With field being heavy due to rain, India will find it difficult to journey the ball to the boundary line. However, it will ease off as the sun comes down. To make matters worse, the thin film of grass will gradually disappear. Batting will only get better as the match progresses. India in trouble.
  • 6:32 PM IST

    LIVE | India 12/1, 4 overs: The dark clouds loom over, and ball it ferociously swinging. Perfect conditions for the seamers. India have to be watchful. Wait for the ball to age, and then take on the bowlers.

  • 6:29 PM IST
    Smriti Mandhana in this World Cup:

    90, 106*, 2, 8, 4, 3, 13, 6
Who will sail to Lord's for the final? © Getty Images
Who will sail to Lord’s for the final? © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the second semi-final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 between India and Australia at The County Ground, Derby. I am Kaustubh S. Mayekar and I will be your host for the day. India have turned the tables around and have found their spot in the semi-finals. They will be up against the tournament favourites Australia. India might have a poor record against Australia, winning only 8 of their 32 matches, but this is not about numbers. This is a World Cup semi. One good game and the tables turn. A win for Mithali Raj and co. would provide them the ticket to the final only for the second time in the history of World Cup. 

The last time India reached the final in 2005 edition, they were humbled by Australia, who have laid hand on the coveted cup 6 times. India ended their league stage with five wins and two losses while Australia lost just a game out of the seven matches. This venue is the same place where India played their must-win clash against New Zealand. Meanwhile, Australia will be playing their first game this season at Derby, although they have been on top across departments in this tournament. They were without the services of Meg Lanning in the last league match against South Africa, yet stand-in captain Rachel Haynes ensured a clinical performance that kept them ahead in the competition.

A week ago, Australia shackled the Indian hopes by winning in the league stage by eight wickets. Where Punam Raut would be expected to continue her good form post her century against Australia, Mithali would hope that her side puts up an all-round show against the mighty opposition.

India’s batting has risen to the occasion with some blistering knocks from Veda Krishnamurthy, Harmanpreet Kaur and likes. Mithali too has shattered several records this tournament and is expected to pile-up more.

Squads:

India Women: Mithali Raj (c), Sushma Verma (wk), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smrti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Nuzhat Parween, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Smriti Mandhana

Australia Women: Meg Lanning (c), Alyssa Healy (wk), Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington