India Women reached the final of 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup after securing a victory against Australia Women in the semifinal of the tournament.
The match was reduced to 42-overs per side due to a delayed start as rain played spoilt-sport. India Women decided to bat first after winning the toss. They put on a big total of 281/4 at the end of 42 overs.
In reply, Australia Women were bowled out for 245 runs in 40.1 overs as India Women won this match by 36 runs.
Brief Scores (42-overs each side): India Women – 281/4 in 42 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 171*, Mithali Raj 36, Elyse Villani 1/19)
Australia Women – 245 in 40.1 overs (Alex Blackwell 90, Elyse Villani 75, Deepti Sharma 3/59)
Result – India Women won by 36 runs
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match
- Indian batter Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma put on a superb 137 runs partnership for the fourth wicket. It is Indian Women’s third highest ODI partnership for any wicket against the Australia Women. The top two in this list are 157 runs between Mithali Raj and Punam Raut for the second wicket at Bristol on 12th July 2017 and 150 runs between Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj for the second wicket at Hobart on 5th February 2016.
Also, this partnership (137 runs) is the third highest partnership for any wicket in the knockout stage of any Women’s ODI tournament. The top two in this list are 170 runs between Belinda Clark and Lisa Keightley (Australia Women) for the opening wicket against South Africa Women at Lincoln on 18th December 2000 (1st semifinal of 2000 ICC Women’s World Cup) and 139 runs between Karen Rolton and Lisa Sthalekar (Australia Women) for the fourth wicket against India Women at Centurion on 10th April 2005 (final of 2005 ICC Women’s World Cup).
- Indian batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur played a brilliant knock of unbeaten 171 runs off 115 balls. Here are some important stats of this knock:
i) It is the fourth highest individual knock in the ICC Women’s World Cup history. The top three in this list are 229* by Belinda Clark (Australia Women) against Denmark Women at Mumbai on 16th December 1997, 178* by Chamari Atapattu (Sri Lanka Women) against Australia Women at Bristol on 29th June 2017 and 173* by Charlotte Edwards (England Women) against Ireland Women at Pune on 16th December 1997.
ii) It is the highest individual knock in the knockout stage of any Women’s ODI tournament. The previous best 108* by Mithali Raj (India Women) against Sri Lanka Women at Karachi on 4th January 2006 (final of 2006 Women’s Asia Cup)
iii) It is the second highest individual ODI knock by an Indian batswoman. The record holder is Deepti Sharma with 188 runs knocks against Ireland Women at Potchefstroom on 15th May 2017.
iv) It is the fifth highest individual knock in the Women’s ODI history.
- India Women put on a big total of 281 runs (281/4) at the end of 42 overs. It is the second highest total for any team in the knockout stage of any Women’s ODI tournament. The record is 282/4 (60 overs) by Australia Women against England Women at Christchurch on 25th January 1992 (final of 1992 Shell Tri-Series).
Also, it (281/4 in 42 overs) is the second highest total for any team in the Women’s ODI history. The record is 288/6 (50 overs) by New Zealand Women at Sydney on 14th December 2012.
- Australian batswomen Alex Blackwell and Kristen Beams put on an outstanding and fighting 76 runs partnership for the tenth wicket. It is the highest tenth wicket partnership in the Women’s ODI history. The previous record was 58 runs partnership between Amita Sharma and Gouher Sultana (India Women) against England Women at Taunton on 4th July 2012.