Australia Women vs India Women, 23rd Match – ICC Womens World Cup, 2017
Brief scores: India 226/7 in 50 overs (Poonam Raut 106, Mithali Raj 69; Ellyse Perry 2-37) lost to Australia 227/2 in 45.1 overs (Meg Lanning 76*, Perry 60*) by eight wickets.
INDW 226/7 (50.0 Ovs)
AUSW 227/2 (45.1 Ovs)
Raj’s 69 and a magnificent 106 from Poonam Raut, though, wasn’t enough to stop the Australian juggernaut as they sealed an eight-wicket win to jump to the top of the table. Set 226, Meg Lanning scored an unbeaten 76 while handy contributions from Ellyse Perry (60 not out) and Beth Mooney ensured Australia’s smooth passage over the line.
The loss also makes things fairly simple for India. A win against New Zealand in their last game will seal a semifinal spot and a loss will knock them out of the tournament. While Australia’s victory also ensured that South Africa qualified for the semi-final as well.
Australia are through to the semifinal and also on top of the points table, that might not last long as England are closing in on a victory as well against New Zealand. The India-New Zealand game then will turn into a virtual quarterfinal. Four games on Saturday to finish off the league stages. Join us for those. For now, take care and goodbye!
Mithali Raj: We think it was a decent total after losing a wicket in the first couple of overs. Maybe we could have scored few more runs in the middle overs, but thought 227 was a decent total. The bowlers could have done a better job of defending it. Initially the wicket was gripping a bit and the Australian bowlers bowled well. Since I have had a long career it is a part of it, I have not considered breaking the record. I am not very happy with the record as we did not win today. I think it is a do-or-die game for New Zealand as well. If we have to qualify, we have to upgrade our playing standards.
Meg Lanning, Player of the Match: We do enjoy batting together. We take the pressure off each other and it is nice to have her (Perry) coming out there. The shoulder is going okay. The management is looking after it. We need to go out there and win against a really tough opponent – South Africa. We did realize that the wicket was a bit slow than the ones we have played before. We backed the side that played against England and we do have options on the sidelines. But I guess the team that played today is the blueprint going forward. There was no easy games coming in to the tournament. There are a few areas to improve if we have to go all the way. We have come into the World Cup looking to win it and that is our motivation.