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27th Match, Derby, Jul 15 2017, ICC Women's World Cup
(25.3/50 ov, target 266)79
IND Women won by 186 runs
Player Of The Match
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• The Report by Varun Shetty

Batting heroics, Gayakwad five-for seal India's semi-final berth

Mithali Raj and Veda Krishnamurthy powered India to 265 and their bowlers put in a clinical performance to take India into the semi-final

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Scorecard summary
India Women265/7(50 overs)
New Zealand Women79/10(25.3 overs)

So the semi-final line-ups have been confirmed. England v South Africa in Bristol on Tuesday and India v Australia in Derby on Thursday. Varun Shetty's bulletin is up for those wanting to catch up on all that you've missed. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Eagerly await your company for the semi-finals. Cheers

Mithali Raj is the Player of the match for her 6th ODI century . "Extremely happy," she says. "For a couple of us, this will be the last World Cup, so our first aim was to enter the semi-finals. I've always dreamt of getting runs for the country. The hunger never dies. There were two vital stands, with Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda. After the powerplays, we needed more runs. Her 60-odd was as important as my 100. Harmanpreet's knock was important too. If you're aiming to be in the top four teams in the world, you have to come back after defeats. In the previous World Cups we hadn't done that, so it was important to fire today.

Suzie Bates: We were nowhere near good as we needed to be. That's how it's been in pressure games this tournament. We started really well, but in the middle phase we haven't been able to break partnerships. There's going to be lot of reviews of our team because we were expected to make the semi-finals. It was a good batting track but we wanted to keep them under 250.

4.35pm How quickly did New Zealand unravel? Shocking performance. This is India's first entry into the semi-final of an ICC event since 2010. Mithali Raj, criticised heavily for her slow approach in the previous game, lifted her game several notches to bring up her 6th ODI century. Veda Krishnamurthy injected the much-needed momentum with a 34-ball half-century to lift India past 250. New Zealand had to fight history. They had a forgettable record at big game at an ICC event since 2012. Fair to say they crumbled again.

In cold, overcast conditions, spin has been king queen here in Derby. Mithali Raj isn't an expressive person. She has a big smile on her face. She has every right to be delighted with this effort. On paper, New Zealand were the overwhelming favourites. But cricket is played out on the field.

Rajeshwari Gayakwad: "I was out for six games but I didn't feel bad. We were doing really well, so I was happy. When I got the chance, I just wanted to give it my all. Been working on my fitness, kept running in and out with drinks. Guess that helped! (laughs). This is my best performance, I hadn't taken a five-for previously, so this special.

25.3
W
Gayakwad to Kasperek, OUT

India are into the World Cup semi-final. Rajeshwari Gayakwad, who warmed the bench for six games, comes back in and walks away with a five-for. This was pitched right into the blockhole, she looked to work this to the leg side but was late on the shot as the ball knocked the middle stump. This is a massive win for India. A statement. India remain unbeaten in four games here in Derby and will likely play their semi-final here too.

Leigh Kasperek b Gayakwad 0 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
25.2
1
Gayakwad to Kerr, 1 run

touch short on middle and leg, whipped behind square

25.1
Gayakwad to Kerr, no run

tossed up on leg stump, punched back down the pitch

end of over 2511 runs
NZ-W: 78/9CRR: 3.12 RRR: 7.52
Leigh Kasperek0 (1)
Amelia Kerr11 (8)
Poonam Yadav 2-0-12-1
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 7-1-14-4
24.6
Poonam to Kasperek, no run

loopy legbreak from off stump, squeezed to cover

Jhulan goes across to offer a few words of advice to the young legspinner

24.5
3
Poonam to Kerr, 3 runs

slaps this into the gap at extra cover. Too much time for Kerr to rock back and hit that into the gap

24.4
4
Poonam to Kerr, FOUR runs

drilled back over Poonam's head. Wasn't far away from her fingers. Nicely tossed up, Kerr's eyes lit up as she smacked it by getting to the pitch of the ball

24.3
4
Poonam to Kerr, FOUR runs

steps out, gets to the pitch of the ball and swings this into the vacant spaces at deep midwicket

24.2
Poonam to Kerr, no run

makes room and cuts this tossed up delivery to point

24.1
Poonam to Kerr, no run

thick inside edge onto the pad as she looks to work this against the turn to the leg side

end of over 244 runs • 1 wicket
NZ-W: 67/9CRR: 2.79 RRR: 7.65
Amelia Kerr0 (3)
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 7-1-14-4
Poonam Yadav 1-0-1-1
23.6
W
Gayakwad to Tahuhu, OUT

simple catch to slip. What an inspired selection this has been. Tahuhu lured by the flight outside off, went for a big drive but could only manage a thick edge as Goswami moved low to her left to complete a sharp catch.

Lea Tahuhu c Goswami b Gayakwad 5 (5m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42
23.5
Gayakwad to Tahuhu, no run

pitches outside leg and spins away to hit her on the pad as she looks to turn it to the leg side

23.4
Gayakwad to Tahuhu, no run

skids on towards off stump, bunted to the off side

23.3
Gayakwad to Tahuhu, no run

leading edge to cover. The ball dipped on her as she tried to work this to the leg side

23.2
Gayakwad to Tahuhu, no run

worked across the line to the bowler again

23.1
4
Gayakwad to Tahuhu, FOUR runs

spins away past short third man. Too short, she rocked back and gave it an almighty thwack

So the likely semi-final line-up: India v Australia here in Derby. England v South Africa in Taunton

end of over 231 run • 1 wicket
NZ-W: 63/8CRR: 2.73 RRR: 7.51
Amelia Kerr0 (3)
Lea Tahuhu1 (1)
Poonam Yadav 1-0-1-1
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 6-1-10-3
22.6
Poonam to Kerr, no run

lunges forward and dabs it back down the pitch

22.5
Poonam to Kerr, no run

tossed up on middle, worked against the turn to midwicket

22.4
1
Poonam to Tahuhu, 1 run

tossed up outside off, driven firmly to extra cover where the fielder dives over the ball to give away a single

22.3
W
Poonam to Green, OUT

chips this full toss straight to Jhulan Goswami who gobbles this up at mid-on like she would to a puchka back home in Kolkata. Too easy. She charged down the pitch, presumably, to hit over the top but something changed midway.

Maddy Green c Goswami b Poonam Yadav 5 (17m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.46
22.2
Poonam to Green, no run

flight and drift. This one comes into middle, she gets a thick inside edge towards midwicket

Match details
County Ground, Derby
TossNew Zealand Women, elected to field first
SeriesICC Women's World Cup
Season2017
Player Of The Match
Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj
Match numberODI no. 1081
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 days15 July 2017 - day (50-over match)
Umpires
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Claire Polosak
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Shaun George
Reserve Umpire
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Jacqueline Williams
Match Referee
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Richie Richardson
PointsIndia Women 2, New Zealand Women 0
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