- Australia defeated India by 8 wickets
- Australia chased down 227
- Australia are through to the semi-finals
Defending champions Australia proved why they are the team to beat this tournament, as they put in a dominating performance to trounce India by 8 wickets. Chasing a target of 227, Australia batted brilliantly to cruise to an 8 wicket victory. With the win, Australia cemented their place in the semi-finals.
India played well but with limitations throughout the match. Poonam Raut made an excellent century to give India a strong platform. Mithali Raj’s 69 was record breaking but was probably too slow. No one else in the Indian line-up could contribute – there were six single-figure scores which is why the team could not post a big enough total. From 166 for 2, India collapsed and could only manage 226 runs in the end.
Australia’s batting line-up in response was much more positive, using their feet more, drawing errors from the spinners. As with the games against Sri Lanka, New Zealand and West Indies, the Aussies showed that they are happy to concede 200+ and then run it down. Mooney and Bolton got another half-century opening stand which was then followed by Perry(60) and Lanning(76) putting on another century stand. Excellent half-centuries by both powered Australia to a comfortable win.Lanning was the man of the match for her subliminal innings.
It was dominant stuff from Australia once again which saw them reach the semi-finals of the tournament. Where they will finish is another question, depending on this weekend’s results and net run rate. India’s last game against New Zealand becomes a virtual shoot-out for the last semi-final spot. Congratulations to Mithali Raj though, for becoming the first woman to score 6000 ODI runs, passing Charlotte Edwards’ 5992 as the previous all-time high.