With the match being reduced to 42 overs, Harmanpreet helped India reach a highly respectable total of 281 with the loss of four wickets.
Kaur continued to attack in a merciless display of hitting, requiring 26 balls to move from her half-century to triple figures, when she was nearly run out scampering a two to reach the landmark. Kaur then constructed a skyscraper in double quick time to leave the Australians deflated ahead of the chase. As for Kaur, something had to give. Australia threw everything at Kaur - seam, left-arm spin, offspin and legspin - but she did not budge. Not a fancy celebration for Kaur as she's not done yet. She moved to Mumbai in 2014 where she worked for Western Railway. "Smriti needs to be back among runs tomorrow as she is key to India scoring over 250", said Edulji. India has faced off against Australia at the world cup 11 times, and has lost nine times.
A brutal 90 from Alex Backwell proved in vain as Sharma bowled her to end the semi-final and spark rapturous scenes. 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.
India's record against Australia does not make for easy reading - they have won just eight of the 42 encounters between the two sides.
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There was no such joy for Australia's much-vaunted top four.
India are the only side to have beaten England in this year's competition, winning by 35 runs on the opening day of the tournament. The 28-year-old signed for Surrey Stars for the upcoming season, starting August 2017. "It tempts me, but I realise tomorrow is the game that can get us there". Australia took the lead by starting the WBBL, with England following suit in 2016 with the Super League.
"Now we get to play India twice". Soon after, her team-mate Mandhana signed for Brisbane Heat.
Ekta Bisht has been the pick of the Indian bowling lineup till Aussies ransacked her analysis soon resulting to a replacement with Rajeshwari Gaekwad. "I would love to be a part of that atmosphere", she said.
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