In do-or-die match, India's resilience will be tested by strong New Zealand

Mithali Raj’s classy 109 – her first century in more than three years and also the first-ever against a top-three nation – was a perfect lesson on batting

The result marks the first time New Zealand has finished outside the top four at a women's world cup.

Rajeshwari Gayakwad finished with 5-15 for India. With her 109 against New Zealand, Mithali Raj made her 10th fifty-plus score in 2017, the most by a batswoman in a single calendar.

Mithali Raj believes that her team has the ability to play a better game and has demanded improvement. Mithali was well-supported by Harmanpreet Kaur (60, 90b, 7×4) and Veda Krishnamurthy (70, 45b, 7×4, 2×6).

Left-arm orthodox bowler Rajeshwari Gayakwad destroyed the New Zealand batting line-up with figures of 5/15 and ensured that the White Ferns were never in the chase. New Zealand's Debbie Hockley (1,501 runs), England's Janette Brittin (1,299 runs), Charlotte Edwards (1,231 runs) and Belinda Clarke (1,160 runs) are ahead of Mithali who recently achieved this feat.

A brilliant quick-fire 70 off just 45 balls from Krishnamurthy, studded with seven fours and two sixes, then took India past 260. At one stage, during the fifth wicket stand, India looked set to mount 280 but three wickets in the final over to Kasperek meant they had to contend with 265. Indian women have shattered many records and earned a good name for the country.

Prior to making her global debut, she was blazing a century in a T20 intermediate schools match, and opening the batting for the Tawa College Boys First XI in the Wellington Premier Youth Grade competition in Wellington, reflective of her no fear approach to cricket. New Zealand, on the other hand, made two changes - Hannah Rowe and Maddy Green come in for Holly Huddleston and Erin Bermingham. If India lose the match, it will be the last ever World Cup match for captain and ODI record-holder Mihali Raj.



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