Mithali, Rajeshwari steer India into semi-finals

Mithali, Rajeshwari steer India into semi-finals

Mithali, Rajeshwari steer India into semi-finals

Derby: Indian skipper Mithali Raj's ton (109 off 123 balls) and Veda Krishnamurthy's quickfire 70 from 45 balls guided India to 265/7 in a must-win encounter against New Zealand at the County Ground in Derby on Saturday.

Rao, who sent a congratulatory message to Raj, said she made the country proud with her achievement, a release from his office said.

These two stalwarts have held up women's cricket in India for nearly two decades now, have been runners up at the tournament in 2005 and have come to England with a team best prepared to make a charge in the knockouts.

When is the ICC Women's World Cup match between India vs New Zealand? For New Zealand, off-spinner Leigh Kasperek, who opened the bowling, was the most successful bowler with three wickets while pacers Hannah Rowe and Lea Tahuhu took two and one wicket respectively. New Zealand captain Suzie Bates departed in the second over, caught by Krishnamurthy as Shikha Pandey struck with her first delivery.

There seems to be no stopping India captain Mithali Raj.

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The 34-year-old cricketer belongs to a Tamil family but was born in Jodhpur. The celebrations were somewhat muted as India went on to lose the match but the significance of the milestone can't be lost on anyone. Earlier she achieved the feat of scoring seven consecutive fifties in ODIs after she played a terrific knock against England in the World Cup.

England will play South Africa in the Women's World Cup semi-finals after a 92-run win over West Indies in Bristol secured top spot in the group. If it is a very crucial game in the T20s, the World Cup, or even just that dictates a series win, we tend to fall down in that match.

Mithali Raj registered her sixth ODI hundred in India's convincing victory.

The skipper came in to bat in the fourth over and lost her wicket on the penultimate delivery of the innings.

Mithali's average of 51.52 is significantly higher than Edwards' 38.16.

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