23rd Match, Bristol, Jul 12 2017, ICC Women's World Cup
(45.1/50 ov, target 227)
AUS Women won by 8 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Australia Women
• The Report by Shashank Kishore

Spinners, Lanning power Australia into semi-final

Mithali Raj's world record and Punam Raut's maiden World Cup century were mere footnotes on a day when Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry and Australia's spinners stamped their authority to seal a semi-final berth

Match centre 
Scorer: M Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy
Scorecard summary
India Women226/7(50 overs)
Punam Raut106 (136)
Mithali Raj69 (114)
Ellyse Perry2/37(10)
Megan Schutt2/52(10)
Australia Women227/2(45.1 overs)

5.00pm: That's it, then. Australia, quite deservedly, are through to the semis. India have a whole lot to do to join them there. Two rest days coming up, and these players (and our ball-by-ball commentators) have richly deserved them. Join us again on the 15th, when we'll have all of four matches to bring you. Until then, goodbye!

Mithali Raj: "It was a decent total after losing our first wicket in the first couple of overs. We should have got more runs in the middle overs, but it was still a competitive total. But the bowlers didn't look penetrative, it was a slow wicket. I think that since I've had a long career, [the milestone] is part of it. It's very important for me to get runs for my country from my bat. I can say I'm happy even though I'm not happy in terms of the result or the way I scored them today. Even for New Zealand, probably, it will be a do-or-die match. If we look forward to qualifying, we really need to upgrade our quality of cricket.

Lanning, again: "We realised the wicket was a little slower than what we've played on before. We decided to take on the bowling, and we did that pretty well today. We backed the side we played against England. We do have options on the sidelines if we want to go that way. A number of the captains said coming in there would be no easy games. It's nice that we are there [in the semi-finals]. We've come into this World Cup looking to win it, just like every other team. There's been some very good cricket played, and every game from here on is going to be high-quality."

Christy Mathew: "Perry does have the highest average without a hundred when you consider a cut-off of at least a 1000 runs." -- Absolutely.

Meg Lanning is the Player of the Match. "We do enjoy batting together. We were trying to take it to the bowlers. The right shoulder injury is making sure I play really straight [with a lot of top hand], but it isn't affecting my batting too much. We need to go out there and win against South Africa, another tough opposition."

4.47pm Was there any doubt? If there was, an unbroken third-wicket stand of 124 between Lanning and Perry, two of the best cricketers in the world, has blown it away. Australia are through to the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup, and are through with an utterly commanding performance. Their batting was dominant and dismissive, but they outclassed India with the ball - none of the freebies that their opposition routinely gave them - and in the field as well. Apart from a brief period immediately following Mooney's run-out, when Shikha Pandey and the spinners piled on the pressure on the new-to-the-crease Perry, Australia simply coasted, picking up a boundary roughly every other over.

India's semi-final chances are now under threat. They meet New Zealand on Saturday, in what looks likely to be a virtual quarterfinal. They'll need to do a lot better in that game - certainly with the ball and in the field, but also in terms of the intent they show with the bat.

Goswami to Perry, FOUR runs
full outside off and Perry finishes it in style. Drives firmly, with a bit of a bottom-hand whip, between the non-striker and mid-on

Goswami. Australia only need four now.

CoolSS: "Does Perry have the highest average for a batsman without a hundred?" -- Not quite, but she's pretty close to the top of the list.

end of over 455 runs
AUS-W: 223/2CRR: 4.95 • RRR: 0.80 • Need 4 from 30b
Ellyse Perry56 (66)
Meg Lanning76 (88)
Poonam Yadav8-0-46-1
Ekta Bisht10-1-55-0
Poonam Yadav to Perry, 1 run
length ball on middle and leg, clipped to the right of midwicket
Poonam Yadav to Perry, no run
is that stumped? Australia are five runs away, and Perry, maybe looking to finish it in one hit, jumps out of her crease too early. Poonam sees her coming, bowls a shortish googly wide of off stump. Jabs at it, misses, and then spins around and tries to regain her crease with her right hand - bat is still in her left hand. The ball goes so slowly to the keeper that Perry makes it despite her unorthodox crease-returning method
Poonam Yadav to Perry, FOUR runs
a few inches short and at her pace, it's asking to be hit. Perry rocks back and pulls to the left of deep midwicket
Poonam Yadav to Perry, no run
length ball on middle stump, defended back to the bowler
Poonam Yadav to Perry, no run
well bowled. Slowed this up on middle stump, and Perry looks to flick against the turn. Not to the pitch and the leading edge rolls into the covers
Poonam Yadav to Perry, no run
down the track, meets this on the full, drives hard but straight back to the bowler
end of over 443 runs
AUS-W: 218/2CRR: 4.95 • RRR: 1.50 • Need 9 from 36b
Meg Lanning76 (88)
Ellyse Perry51 (60)
Ekta Bisht10-1-55-0
Poonam Yadav7-0-41-1
Bisht to Lanning, no run
tossed up on off stump, stretches out to defend into the covers
Bisht to Perry, 1 run
down the track to the flighted ball, driven inside-out to long-off
Bisht to Perry, 2 runs
goes back to a length ball on off stump, and that's nicely manufactured, goes deep in her crease, right across her stumps, and works it through the short fine-leg region. Fourth successive fifty for Perry
Bisht to Perry, no run
back of a length on off stump, clipped to midwicket
Bisht to Perry, no run
back of a length close to off stump, defended into the covers
Bisht to Perry, no run
back of a length outside off, dabbed to short third man

lebigfella: "Out of all the teams I'm so intrigued & in awe of the Aussie's batting... Lanning & Perry's stats are incredible. And they have such a beautiful blend of panache & power"

end of over 434 runs
AUS-W: 215/2CRR: 5 • RRR: 1.71 • Need 12 from 42b
Meg Lanning76 (87)
Ellyse Perry48 (55)
Poonam Yadav7-0-41-1
Harmanpreet Kaur6-0-38-0
Poonam Yadav to Lanning, 2 runs
floated up outside off, skips out and drives to the left of long-off
Poonam Yadav to Lanning, no run
tossed up slow on off stump, defended into the covers
Poonam Yadav to Lanning, no run
flighted length ball on middle and leg, takes a step out of her crease to defend
Poonam Yadav to Perry, 1 run
a touch short, close to off stump, rocks back and slaps hard to short cover. Deepti picks up, throws unnecessarily at the bowler's end, gives away an overthrow
Poonam Yadav to Perry, no run
tossed up slow on middle and off, blocked back to the bowler
Match details
County Ground, Bristol
TossAustralia Women , elected to field first
SeriesICC Women's World Cup 2017
Player Of The Match
Meg Lanning
Match numberWomen's ODI no. 1077
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-13.40, Interval 13.40-14.10, Second Session 14.10-17.20
Match days12 July 2017 (50-over match)
Adrian Holdstock
TV Umpire
Chris Brown
Reserve Umpire
Shaun George
Match Referee
Sir Richie Richardson
PointsAustralia Women 2, India Women 0