2nd Semi-Final, Derby, Jul 20 2017, ICC Women's World Cup
(40.1/42 ov, target 282)245
IND Women won by 36 runs
player of the match
Harmanpreet Kaur
India Women

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. "

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.

Alex 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 407 runs
AUS-W: 245/9CRR: 6.12 RRR: 18.50 • Need 37 runs from 12b
Alex Blackwell90 (55)
Kristen Beams11 (18)
Poonam Yadav9-0-60-1
Veda Krishnamurthy1-0-11-0
Poonam to Blackwell, 1 run

flight on leg, driven back to the bowler, where there is a misfield, One more, she'll keep strike

Poonam to Blackwell, no run

short and wide, cut away towards cover. No run.

Hmm, interesting.

Poonam to Blackwell, FOUR runs

another boundary. Comes down to convert flight into a full toss, hammered away in the gap at midwicket.

Poonam to Beams, 1 run

slapped to the deep cover fielder.

Poonam to Blackwell, 1 run

good stop from long-on. Blackwell smashes this wide of long-on, who hurries to her right to save three

Poonam to Blackwell, no run

shortish and wide outside off, hit to Raj at cover. No run

44 off three overs. A 20-run over makes this interesting.

end of over 3911 runs
AUS-W: 238/9CRR: 6.10 RRR: 14.67 • Need 44 runs from 18b
Alex Blackwell84 (50)
Kristen Beams10 (17)
Veda Krishnamurthy1-0-11-0
Jhulan Goswami8-0-35-2
Veda Krishnamurthy to Blackwell, 1 run

a thick inside edge to fine leg means Blackwell will keep strike

Veda Krishnamurthy to Blackwell, FOUR runs

there is the one. Blackwell chips down and hammers a heavy flick through square leg.

Australia need at least one more boundary this over

Veda Krishnamurthy to Beams, 1 run

nudged to short fine leg

Veda Krishnamurthy to Beams, 2 runs

finds the gap through backward point for a couple more. Short and wide, sliced through that gap

Veda Krishnamurthy to Blackwell, 1 run

short on leg, pulled to deep backward square leg

Veda Krishnamurthy to Blackwell, 2 runs

a couple more. Very flat down leg, helped along for a couple to fine leg