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Kaur's unbeaten 171 sets up India-England final

Harmanpreet Kaur walks off after her record breaking knock of 171*
Harmanpreet Kaur walks off after her record breaking knock of 171*

India Women 281-4 (Kaur 171no) beat
Australia Women 245 (Blackwell 90) by 36 runs
Second Semi-final, Women's World Cup, Derby

Harmanpreet Kaur played the innings of her life as she smashed an unbeaten 171 off 115 deliveries to help India post 281 for four in the allotted 42 overs following which the bowlers restricted Australia to 245 runs as they claimed a 36 run victory in Derby to reach the final of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017.

As a result, India will now face England in the final of the tournament to be played at Lord's on Sunday.

The game was delayed by rain and eventually started at 13:45 local time after eight overs were docked in each innings. India won the toss and decided to bat first.

Smriti Mandhana (6) continued her struggle in second half of the tournament while Punam Raut (14) too fell early as India were down to 35 for two.

Mithali Raj (36) tried to consolidate the innings but was struggling to get going as Kaur (171 not out) was settling at the other end as the duo added 66 runs for the third wicket to take the total past 100 by the 25th over mark.

Raj's 61-ball sluggish innings was ended by Kristen Beams (1-49) while Kaur completed a 64-ball fifty. India were placed at 132 for three by the 30th over mark.

The last 12 overs, Kaur stepped up the gear as India added 149 runs in it with Kaur scoring 114 out of it and overall add 20 boundaries and seven sixes in her 115-ball unbeaten knock as Australia bowlers were left clueless. With brief support from Veda Krishamurthy (16 not out), Kaur took India to 281 for four in the 42 overs.

Australia were rattled early in the chase as they lost Nicole Bolton (14), Beth Mooney (1) and Meg Lanning (0) with just 21 runs on the board.

However, they refused to surrender as Ellyse Perry (38) and Elyse Villani (75) added 105 runs to build some hopes but India bounced back by picking six wickets in a span of 43 runs as Australia were down to 169 for nine.

Alex Blackwell (90) waged a lone fight at the end with her 56 ball knock as she added 71 runs for the final wicket with Beams (11 not out) but in the end the target proved too much for her as Australia succumbed to a 36 run defeat that has sent the defending champions out of the tournament.

Kaur was named the player of the game for her breathtaking knock.

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