India trounce New Zealand by 186 runs to make it to semi-final

India Women's team celebrating their win over New Zealand
India Women's team celebrating their win over New Zealand

India Women 265-7 (Mithali 109) beat
New Zealand Women 79 (Gayakwad 5-15) by 186 runs
27th match, ICC Women's World Cup, Derby

After Mithali Raj led from the front with a fine century, Rajeshwari Gayakwad picked a five-wicket haul to bowl out New Zealand for 79 runs and secured a massive 186 run win for India in the 27th match of ICC Women's World Cup in Derby and book a berth in the semi-final of the tournament.

New Zealand decided to field first on winning the toss. Indian openers Smriti Mandhana (13) and Punam Raut (4) fell early but the innings were resurrected by Mithali (109) and Harmanpreet Kaur (60).

The duo added 132 runs for the third wicket to lay a solid platform with Mithali, who went on to create history in the previous game when she became the leading run-scorer in women's game competing fine century.

Even though, New Zealand had things control having India at 154 for four in the 37th over, a blistering innings from Veda Krishnamurthy (70) that came off just 45 deliveries ensured they ended their innings at 265 for seven. Leigh Kasperek (3-45) was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers.

In the New Zealand innings, only Amy Satterthwaite (26), Katey Martin (12) and Amelia Kerr (12 not out) managed to cross double digit as they were bowled out just 79 runs with Gayakwad (5-15) being the wrecker in chief.

The result also means, India will face Australia in the semi-final at the same venue on 20th July.

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