Indian players to watch out for against Australia

Friday, 21 Jul, 2017

The toss was held after a delay of nearly three-and-a-half hours due to rain and the match has been reduced to 42 overs per side. In the end, a score of 282 from 42 overs proved to be a bit too much for Australia as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals, thanks to the precision of India's bowlers.

After beating England in the opening match of the tournament, India went on to win all four games they played at... "I won't probably be shackled, but I could play more positively tomorrow because I am confident that batters coming after me have runs and the ability to come along", she said.

Raj won't captain India in the next World Cup.

Apart from the performance, the constant public support from the male cricketers on Twitter has also played a part in boosting the confidence of the girls.

Chasing a seventh tournament success, Meg Lanning's team slumped to a 36-run defeat following one of the greatest-ever innings by a female player from Sydney Thunder WBBL star Harmanpreet Kaur.

But they then defeated New Zealand in their last group match, in what had become a virtual knockout. Along with skipper Mithali, she added 66 runs for the third wicket, which came in 15 overs.

The winners will face England in the final at Lords on Sunday after the hosts beat South Africa in Bristol.

India's record against Australia does not make for easy reading - they have won just eight of the 42 encounters between the two sides. In July 2016, Kaur made history by becoming the first woman cricketer from India to sign for an overseas T20 franchise, when she joined Sydney Thunder in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL).

Earlier in the day, India named an unchanged XI from their win over New Zealand, while Australia brought in Meg Lanning for Rachel Haynes.

With the run rate rising and the pressure of a huge score on the board Australia suffered the most unusual of collapses and the match looked all but over.

Kaur had offers from three teams, but settled on Sydney Thunder because she felt more opportunities would come her way since the franchise had only one other overseas player.

While Sharma was bowled in the latter overs when looking to slog Elyse Villani (1-19), in her solitary over, Kaur kicked on, brutally dismantling Australia's sorry attack - Jess Jonassen particularly took some tap, with her seven overs costing 63.