India post a challenging 281-4 against Australia

Australia, England and Sri Lanka post victories as ICC Women's World Cup 2017 semi-finalists decided

India played the final of the World Cup only once in 2005 edition in South Africa, where they lost to Australia.

Kaur scored an unbeaten 171 from just 115 deliveries, smashing 20 fours and seven sixes to leave the six-time winners shellshocked as they were bowled out for 245 with two overs remaining.

The start of the match was delayed by nearly three hours hours due to heavy rain and it has been reduced to a 42-overs-a-side contest.

She scored 69 in defeat to the Australians earlier in the group stage but knows that counts for nothing when India face the Meg Lanning-led side on Thursday.

India retained the side that beat New Zealand - in what was a virtual quarter-final - five days ago at the same Derby ground where they have won all four matches they´ve played at the venue in this tournament.




"Everyone has chipped in throughout, so I think that's a good thing about our team: we haven't really relied on one or two players, it has been very much shared around".

Despite the advantage, Mithali also warned her side to play according to the situation in the crunch game. After a boundary on the second ball, Smriti (6) ended up playing a very ugly looking pull that found the top of her bat and went straight into the hands of Ellyse Villani.

Australian captain Meg Lanning, who was suffering from a shoulder injury, is back in charge.

Sharma was then dismissed by Villani, ending a partnership that produced 137 runs from just 12.3 overs with Kaur scoring 106 of them. The closest they came to dismissing her was when Schutt speared one down the leg side and had Kaur overbalancing, but Alyssa Healy, the wicketkeeper, did not collect the ball cleanly and missed a hard stumping chance. Captain Mithali Raj has Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav at her disposal as well. 2, 8, 4, 3, 13 were her string of runs before this match, and yet again she failed to live up to the team's expectations. "I just told her to rotate the strike, you don't have to take the pressure, I was hitting the ball well and I told her to give me the strike and I will take the responsibility and she did a great job".

Indian had won the toss and elected to bat first. Indian skipper Mithali Raj is confident ahead of the clash and convinced that they can beat Australia, the brand of cricket they have played throughout the tournament has been distinctive.

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