ICC WWC 2017: India vs Australia Semi final 2- India Player Ratings
The Indian Women’s cricket team scripted history at the County Ground in Derby today by beating the 6-time world-champions Australia to qualify for their 2nd World Cup final in the history. It was a masterful knock by Harmanpreet Kaur which propelled India to a massive score of 282 runs in a rain curtailed match which was reduced to overs. She smashed a sensational 171 of 115 deliveries and took the game away from the Australians. The bowlers responded brilliantly and reduced the Aussies to 25/3 before a valiant fight by Elyse Villani and Alex Blackwell kept Australia in the game but eventually, it was a tall order for Australia as they fell short by 36 runs. Let us have a look at the Indian Player Ratings for the match
Smriti Mandhana- 1/5
The batswoman who took the world by storm with back to back sensational innings in the first two games of the tournament yet again failed miserably and was dismissed for a mere 6 runs. It has been the story from the last 5 games and it has been the 6th straight game where she hasn’t perform. It remains to be seen whether she finds a place in the playing XI in the all important final but given the fact that she had scored a brilliant 90 against England early on in the tournament, the free flowing batswoman might get another game.
Punam Raut- 1.5/5
She scored a century against Australia in the group game which came at a slow rate and this time around in an attempt to up the ante, Raut lost her wicket as she gave a simple catch to the long on fielder on. Her captain Mithali Raj was going well at the other end and Punam wanted to match her but found herself holding out in the deep.
Mithali Raj- 2/5
The captain played yet another sedate innings of 36 which came in 61 deliveries. She played a couple of delightful shots to get her innings going and looked to build a partnership following the loss of Punam Raut. But on the score of 36 leggie, Kristen Beams castled her with a well-directed googly which breached her defence. It was a big wicket on the context of the game.
Harmanpreet Kaur- 5/5
You can’t help but give her 5 out of 5 just due to the extraordinary innings she played on such an important day in Indian Women’s cricket calendar. It was once in a lifetime innings which left the Australians dumb faced and they were left searching for answers. She literally smashed the listless Aussie bowlers all around the park and remained unbeaten on 171 of just 115 deliveries. It was brutal hitting by the powerful girl who kept on depositing the Aussie bowlers over the park on a consistent basis. Her innings was decorated with a whopping 20 fours and 7 big hits over the fence. It will certainly stand as one of the greatest ever World Cup innings by an Indian including the Men.
Deepti Sharma- 3.5/5
The all-rounder supported Harmanpreet brilliantly but almost ran her out on 99 which infuriated Harman and she gave her a mouthful. Deepti struck a solitary boundary during her innings of 25 of 35 deliveries and shared a 137 runs partnership with Harmanpreet for the 4th wicket. With the ball in hand, Deepti returned with figures of 3/58. She bagged the wicket of Nicole Bolton pretty early on which reduced the Aussies to 25/3. Later on, she came back and dismissed the dangerous Alex Blackwell who threatened to take the game away from the Indians.
Veda Krishnamurthy- 2/5
The hard-hitting batsman who scored a whirlwind 70 of 45 deliveries in the must win encounter against the Black Caps didn’t get enough deliveries to bat but in her short stay, she smashed a couple of boundaries en route to her 10 balls 16. She bowled a solitary over and conceded 11 runs.
Sushma Verma- 1/5
She hardly had anything to do in the match as she neither bowled nor batted and apart from a catch she had no contribution apart from enjoying their sensational victory.
Jhulan Goswami- 3.5/5
The tall fast bowler bagged the most prized wicket of the Aussie skipper Meg Lanning who is considered as a potential threat by many oppositions. She squared her up and the ball struck the outside half of the stump which left the mighty Aussies reeling at 9/2. Goswami removed Alyssa Healy in her 2nd spell to peg the Aussies back. She eventually returned with figures of 2/35 in her allotted 8 overs which helped the Indian bowlers restrict the star-studded Aussie batting line-up.
Shikha Pandey- 3.5/5
Shikha Pandey began brilliantly with the wicket of Beth Mooney which breached through her defence and disturbed the timbers. The ball swung just enough which allowed the ball to creep between the bat and the pad. It was just what the doctor had ordered the Indian team. Her 2nd wicket came in her 2nd spell when she removed Elysse Perry with a short of length delivery. She finished with figures of 2/17 in 6 overs.
Rajeshwadi Gaikwad- 2.5/5
Gaikwad leaked runs after the fall of 3 early wickets as Villani and Blackwell kept on attacking Gaikwad and Poonam to keep the Aussies in the hunt. She bagged the crucial wicket of Elysse Villani on 75 which helped India crawl their way back yet again. Her figures after 9 overs read 1/62.
Poonam Yadav- 2/5
Her figures were almost identical to that of Gaikwad as she was also smashed by Villani and Blackwell during the middle and by Blackwell alone towards the end. Her only wicket was that of Ashleigh Gardner and finished with unimpressive figures of 1/60.
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