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Twitter erupts with wishes for Team India before World Cup Final

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It is the final day of Women's World Cup 2017 and people all over the world have united (probably for first time in Women's Cricket) to support the teams. 

 

 

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Pre-match Analysis of India Women Vs England Women match - Final of ICC Women's World Cup 2017

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The countdown has begun!!!



Only a few hours from now, the grand finale of the 2017 edition of ICC Women's World Cup will be underway. This is the event for which, all of us have been wishing for the past one month.

The venue for this mega event is none other than The Great LORD'S Cricket ground. This stadium with highest seating capacity is undoubtedly expected to be fully packed as hosts England will take on India Women in the title clash.

First of all, let's take a quick recap of the glorious journey of both the finalists so far in the tournament :-

England Women-
● Lost their opening match against India Women
● English team is on winning spree since then with a couple of thriller wins in their kitty
● Stood as table toppers after group stage matches
● Won an exciting match against South Africa Women in the semifinal to reach final

India Women-
● Won four group stage matches in a row
● Lost their way against SA and Australia
● Regained the momentum through a fantastic win over New Zealand in their last group match
● Outclassed defending champions Australia in the semifinal to book their berth in the final

Now let's take a look at the key players of both the teams one by one:-

England Women-
● All rounder Natalie Sciver
● Opener Sarah Taylor
● Captain Heather Knight
● Wicket taker Anya Shrubsole
● Fran Wilson (middle order batter)

India Women-
● Opener Smriti Mandhana (made 90 against England in opening fixture)
● Record maker and record breaker Mithali Raj
● All-rounder Deepti Sharma
● Explosive Harmanpreet Kaur (her inclusion in playing XI doubtful due to injury in last match)
● Veda Krishnamurthy (powerpacked batting and best in fielding)
● Legandary Jhulan Goswami
● Pacer Shikha Pandey
● Spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad

After winning against NZ, Indian skipper Mithali Raj said, “Girls realised the importance of winning this world cup as it's may be the last WC for a couple of us; and therefore we could win this game”

Earlier before the start of World Cup, she said, “Winning the World Cup would certainly be a turning point for Women's cricket in India”

Women in Blue have already won millions of hearts across the globe through their commendable performance and are only one step away from creating a history.

It is only the second time when India Women have reached the finals of Women's World Cup and the Queen of Records, Mithali Raj has become the first player to lead India in two World Cup finals, a feat that could not be acheived even by her man counterpart M.S.Dhoni, the most successful captain of Indian men’s team.

Almost all the Men star cricketers have wished this team to win this World Cup. Gautam Ganbhir while extending his wishes said, “Winning this Women's World Cup would be even more special than the 2011 glory.”

All of a sudden, Twitter and Facebook are seen flooded with heroics of the Women brigade and wishes for them are pouring in from everywhere. So much so, that one of the leading websites did blunder by declaring India as winners much before the match.

A record 7.5 lakh Indians watched the Indian batting innings during the semifinals. With the increased media support and coverage, this final game will be telecasted live on Star Sports and Hotstar.

Tomorrow is gonna be a Super se bhi upper wala Sunday. So folks, book your time and watch the history in making.

Post Match Analysis of India Vs Australia - 2nd semifinal of ICC Women's World Cup 2017

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Rain Rain go away, Let the Runs Rain Today…..!!

Post Match Analysis of India Vs Australia - 2nd semifinal of ICC Women's World Cup 2017

That's how everyone wished on 20th July 2017 when heavy rains lashed County Ground in Derby, the venue for 2nd semifinal of ICC Women's World Cup 2017. Also, it played hide and seek for over two hours making it too tedious for the ground staff to get it ready for the play.

As the experts started speculating the possibility of semifinal being rescheduled for the reserve day, the rain god finally got generous and the field umpires after pitch inspection, decided 5:55 PM (IST) as the time for toss with the game being reduced to 42 overs per side.

Related Article: Who said what after Harmanpreet's monstrous inning! 

After a long delay, the toss happened and India won the first battle and elected to bat first (A seemingly wise decision by skipper Mithali Raj as she explained that girls were used to the wicket having being already played 4 games at Derby)

Soon, Indian openers Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Raut walked into the ground to start India's campaign in this knockout match.
The streak of low scores for Mandhana continues as Megan Schutt struck in her very first over and give a perfect start to Australia.

Poonam Raut was the next to go as the young Ashleigh Gardner got her caught on 2nd ball of the 10th over. India were 36/2 at the end of 10 overs which was actually not the kind of start they would have wanted.

Captain M. Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur being put in the same situation like the last game against New Zealand, played sensibly as India stood 96/2 after 24 overs.
Just when both the batters were looking good and were set to accelerate the pace of runs, Raj was bowled out by Kristen Beams. A big wicket for Australia indeed. Least they knew that Kaur was going to be brutally harsh on them later in the innings.

Then came 27th over, third ball of which was a comical no ball followed by a huge six by H.Kaur completely cashing on the free hit given to her. Kaur reached her fifty in the same over and there was no stopping after that.

Related Article: When and where has Mithali Raj scored 6 Centuries? Details here!

She went on to tear apart the Australian bowling attack by striking back to back boundaries in all directions of the ground. No matter who was bowling, no matter what kind of ball was being bowled, she had only one mission and that was to hit each and every ball hard into the stands.

Eventually she reached her 3rd ODI century on the last ball of the dramatic 35th over. Kaur got furious on Deepti Sharma for almost getting her run out at that stage but shortly after that hugged her teammate cooling down her nerves. Such was the intensity of emotions in this 2nd semifinal fixture!!!

Oh my god, the middle stump mic got damaged during that run out attempt and it took too long to resume the game. Did that affect the momentum of Indian batting and Harmanpreet Kaur in particular???

Well, No! This girl was on rampage after that. Sharma fell on 4th ball of 39th over but she had done her part. Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy continued their assaultive batting as India put up their highest total in this tournament so far and Australia needed 282 runs in 42 overs to avoid an upset.

After losing first three wickets early, including that of Australian captain Meg Lanning, Australia tried to come back into the match as Ellyse Perry and Elyse Villani took the responsibility and led the Aussie recovery. Villani’s brilliant knock was cut short by Rajeshwari Gayakwad just when India needed. After 25 overs, Australia were 135/4 as the required run rate was soaring up quickly.
Within the next 9 overs, Australia was on the verge of being thrashed by India Women as the scoreboard read 174/9 at the end of 34 overs. But that was not the end friends!!!

Alex Blackwell kept the Australian hopes alive and nearly gave Indians a scare. But as it was their day, Women in Blue won it by 36 runs as Blackwell was the last to be dismissed on the first ball of 41st over.

This is how Indians rewrote the history books by entering into the finals of the women's world cup for the 2nd time. They will play hosts England at Lord's on 23rd July in the final of this mega event.

Everyone awaits that.

Post Match Analysis of India Vs Australia - 2nd semifinal of ICC Women's World Cup 2017

Twitter cannot stop talking about Harmanpreet Kaur's Innings

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One of the greatest innings ever played by Harmanpreet Kaur has become the talk of the town and world cannot stop talking about it.

We already made a list about people reacting about it but it seems the list is too small for Harmanpreet Kaur's Achievements in today's match.

To read previous : Reactions of Harmanpreet Kaur's Monstrous Innings in Semi-Final

  

 

  

 Also see : Mithali guides India with 109 runs against New Zealand in World Cup 2017

   

 

 

Reactions of Harmanpreet Kaur's Monstrous Innings in Semi-Final

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Just when the team lost their initial wickets very cheaply, Harmanpreet Kaur steps in to hit the most amazing innings in a semi-final ever seen. As expected twitter went crazy over this

 

 

  

 Read :Veda Krishnamurthy steers India past 250 against New Zealand in World Cup 2017

 

 

 Also : Six ODI centuries of Mithali Raj and related interesting facts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six ODI centuries of Mithali Raj and related interesting facts

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Mithali Raj recently made her 6th ODI century in Women's World Cup match against New Zealand. Let's know more about all of her ODI centuries made over a period of 18 years of her glorious career.

1. 114*
● ODI match number - 1 ( ODI debut )
● Opponent team - Ireland
● Venue - Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, England
● Year - 1999
● Records - Highest score by an Indian on debut, Youngest to score century in Women's ODI, Raj’s personal highest score as a player

India Women played only one ODI series with Ireland Women in England on 26th June 1999. The young Mithali Raj made her debut in this match.
Representing her country for the first time on an international platform, 17 years old Raj opened with Reshma Gandhi, as India batted first. Least would have anybody thought that both of them would bat the entire 50 overs of Indian innings. Raj struck her ODI career’s 1st century and remained not out along with Gandhi.
Result - Relying on two brilliant centuries by its openers, India won to win that game by 161 runs

2. 108*
● ODI match number - 66
● Opponent team - Sri Lanka
● Venue - National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
● Year - 2006
It was the occasion of Women's Asia Cup Final on 4th January 2006, India Vs Sri Lanka. India batted first and Mithali Raj was the captain of Indian team.
She opened up India’s innings with Jaya Sharma and added 94 runs before the fall of 1st wicket. Then, did a 100plus partnership with Anjum Chopra before the later got run out.
Raj went on unbeaten at the end of 50 overs with 108 runs off 121 balls including 7 fours in her innings.
Result - Skipper Raj with her sparkling century led India Women to win that edition of Asia Cup by an overwhelming 97 runs

3. 109*
● ODI match number - 114
● Opponent team - West Indies
● Venue - MSC Ground, Rajkot, India
● Year - 2011
Once again, India was batting first and Mithali Raj came to bat at No 3. Along with half centurion Poonam Raut, Raj put up another 100 plus runs partnership as India made 216/4 in 50 overs.
During her innings, Mithali played a brisk knock of 109 runs off just 106 balls with the help of twelve 4s in it.
Result - India managed to win a thriller by 10 runs

4. 103*
● ODI match number - 145
● Opponent team - Pakistan
● Venue - Barabati Stadium, Cuttack, India
● Year - 2013
That was 7th place playoff between India Women and Pakistan Women. Mithali Raj's unbeaten 103 runs helped India to chase the highest total on Barabati in that tournament.
At one time, India was reduced to 108/4 but once India crossed 150 mark, Raj raced up to complete her century and eventually reached the team’s target.
Result - What had been the worst World Cup outing for India Women, India finished it's campaign with a compensatory win over Pakistan Women by 6 wickets.

5. 104*
● ODI match number - 148
● Opponent team - Sri Lanka
● Venue - Visakhapatnam, India
● Year - 2014
Sri Lanka Women visited India to play 3 match ODI series in January 2014. India had already won two matches. In the 3rd match, India made 229/5 batting first in 50 overs. Indian captain Mithali Raj scored her 5th century with an unbeaten 104 runs. In her 109 balls innings, Raj hit two 6s and eight 4s. This when, people started comparing her with Virat Kohli.
Result - Riding on skippers hundred, India clean sweeped the series by 3-0.

6. 109
● ODI match number - 184
● Opponent team - New Zealand
● Venue - County Ground, Derby, England
● Year - 2017
The most recent and much needed century by Mithali Raj came on 15th July 2017 when India Women were playing a virtual quarter final match against New Zealand.
Being targeted for her low strike rate in 2017 edition of Women's World Cup, Raj clicked in just when it was required the most. Played her best under pressure and made 109 runs off 129 balls before getting out in last over of Indian innings.
Result - India beat NZ by 186 runs to enter semi finals of ICC Women's World Cup 2017

In conclusion, it can be said, that even after 18 years of her career, Mithali Raj has the same thrust and same energy to score runs and win matches for India.

We would surely like her to hit another century in her next match, as her past record shows, India wins whenever she reaches the 100 run mark.

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