Indian batter's sublime 171 eliminates Australia from the women's Cricket World Cup

The acceleration could not have been starker.

However, Kaur, 28, revitalised the innings with a rapid fourth-wicket partnership of 137 with all-rounder Deepti Sharma. Not a fancy celebration for Kaur as she's not done yet. "I didn't get a chance to bat in the whole tournament", she told the host broadcasters after her unbeaten innings, "Today when I got the chance I just wanted to utilise it, this opportunity, because today was the day where I wanted to prove myself, and thanks to God, whatever I was thinking, [worked]". The second was firing boundaries in the arc between midwicket and long-on. Harmanpreet did not think twice before setting off, yet again, and covered the 22-yards twice to help India finish with a mammoth 281 on the board. But the Australians are not dependent on her and are firing in all departments.

That happened off the last ball of the 35th over.

Harmanpreet is only the 2nd player in Women's World Cup to score a century in knockout after Karen Rolton's 107* in the 2005 final.

"Players have looked to react to the ball that's been delivered by these spinners and look to play off both front and back foot and perhaps also look to use different guards and put the spinners off their line".

Dropped off Kristen Beams miscuing a pull shot, Raj was bowled the very next ball by the legspinner for 36.

"But they have some other batters in their line-up like (Poonam) Raut, Veda Krishnamurthy and my mate Harmanpreet Kaur from the Sydney Thunder". But now, a week after that thrashing, on a stage as massive as the semi-final of the World Cup, one of her team-mates produced an innings for the ages against the same opposition. Hitting across the line on the leg side and taking off her pressure. However, the win in Derby would not have been possible without the superlative effort of Harmanpreet Kaur, who scored a stunning unbetaen 115-ball 171 with 20 fours and seven sixes. The carnage continued during the 24-ball window as India pillaged 57, of which Kaur scored 47. "It can only give me confidence to play with a bit more freedom because (of) now knowing the fact that there are players who can turn things around", she went on. "My plan was to watch the ball and hit the ball, and this is exactly what I did", Kaur said.

In reply, Australia were 4-1 when Beth Mooney was bowled out for 1 by Shikha Pandey, which became 9-2 when captain Meg Lanning was also bowled out for a duck by Jhulan Goswami. Veda Krishnamurthy provided the flawless foil to Harmanpreet adding 43 runs for the fifth wicket.

Securing a seventh World Cup crown has always been Australia's key motivation throughout this tournament, but the record $US660,000 ($834,000) on offer for the winning team would be a huge financial boost should they win given their income from CA will dry up after the competition.

  • Angelo Rivera