Australia require 282 off 42 overs to book their place in the Women's Cricket World Cup final after Harmanpreet Kaur inspired India to an imposing 4-281 in a rain-affected semi-final in Derby.
In a match reduced to 42 overs after heavy rain delayed the start until 13:45pm (1245 GMT), India looked likely to score under 200 until Kaur cut loose. Beating Australia in a pressure game will be an uphill task for the Indian side despite their commendable performances so far.
It was now up to leading run scorer in Women's ODI cricket, Mithali to get her side out of a hole along with Punam Raut. But Kaur hit the peak of her ball-striking ability when she smashed Gardner for four successive boundaries, including three over the leg side, in the 37th over, which was also the first of the batting Powerplay. India, whose best result in World Cup has been a final appearance in 2005, suffered an eight wicket loss against Australia in the round robin stage. They lost the top order comprising the in-form trio of Nicole Bolton (14), Beth Mooney (1) and skipper Meg Lanning (0) for nearly nothing on the board.
Well, how many of us remembered Kapil Dev's one-man-show against Zimbabwe at the 1983 Cricket World Cup while watching Harmanpreet's magical show?
Indian eves are ready to pose with great aplomb against six time World Cup champions in their thirteenth encounter at County Ground, Derby, but this time, at the semifinals stage. She was the first Indian cricketer - male or female - to earn an overseas franchise Twenty20 gig when she won a contract with Sydney Thunder in the WBBL, something which her captain, Mithali Raj, credits for producing this innings.
Gayakwad was left out of her side's first six matches, but delivered a match-winning spell of 5-15 to knock New Zealand out of the competition. It gets me back into (the) now that we have Australia to play.
The roars of the last match against New Zealand is still reverberating in the most favorite hunting ground for India.
Kaur was always looking in form and played many attractive shots to reach the milestone.
Skipper Meg Lanning and all-rounder Ellyse Perry have been in fantastic form with the bat, the latter also picked up two wickets against India.