61dThe Report by Deivarayan Muthu

Kaur's 171* sets up final against England

Harmanpreet Kaur's 171 not out off 115 balls razed Australia and vaulted India into their second World Cup final

Commentary

Commentator: Nikhil Kalro

7.53pm Jubilant scenes among the India camp. They have made their second World Cup final, and will play that grand finale against England at one of the grandest stages of them all, Lord's. The tournament began with an India v England game, it will end the same way. India have beaten England, New Zealand and Australia in this tournament. They have earned this chance of a World Cup title. A terrific game of cricket, Blackwell and Villani were sensational after Australia had stumbled, but India were far too strong. Jhulan Goswami, the rest of the bowlers and, of course, Harmanpreet Kaur. Just wow.

Mithali Raj: "Harman's innings was exceptional. bowlers have done really well. This unit looks compact now. Winning a semi-finals against Australia is a huge achievement. We have players now who are of international standard. They are standing up every game. The top order is scoring when it's actually needed."

Meg Lanning: "We couldn't stop her. Congratulations to India. We didn't get the start we wanted, lost too many wickets through the middle. We haven't really nailed a full game. We've had glimpses with the ball."

Harmanpreet Kaur: I'm feeling proud. My innings was only worth it because they were restricted. When we were started from Bombay, we wanted to reach the semi-final, then reach the final."

Pradeep : "What an effort from Blackwell.. If only Lanning could contribute something like her routine, Aus would have been celebrating this. Nevertheless what a game of cricket this has been. "

40.1
W
Sharma to Blackwell, OUT, that's that. India are through to the World Cup final, they've beaten the World Champions Australia by 36 runs. A flat straight, skiddy delivery goes past Blackwell's heave. Knocks over leg stump.

AJ Blackwell b Sharma 90 (70m 56b 10x4 3x6) SR: 160.71

37 off 12 balls. Well played, Blackwell. Who'd have thought?

Deepak: "Why is Pandey not being bowled? Tactical error or did I miss something?" Was off the field for far too long.

END OF OVER:
40 | 7 Runs | AUS-W: 245/9 (37 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.12, RRR: 18.50)

  • AJ Blackwell90 (55b)
  • KM Beams11 (18b)
  • Poonam Yadav9-0-60-1
  • V Krishnamurthy1-0-11-0
39.6
1
Poonam Yadav to Blackwell, 1 run, flight on leg, driven back to the bowler, where there is a misfield, One more, she'll keep strike
39.5
0
Poonam Yadav to Blackwell, no run, short and wide, cut away towards cover. No run.

Hmm, interesting.

39.4
4
Poonam Yadav to Blackwell, FOUR, another boundary. Comes down to convert flight into a full toss, hammered away in the gap at midwicket.
39.3
1
Poonam Yadav to Beams, 1 run, slapped to the deep cover fielder.
39.2
1
Poonam Yadav to Blackwell, 1 run, good stop from long-on. Blackwell smashes this wide of long-on, who hurries to her right to save three