India remain undefeated in the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup 2022 as they beat India by six wickets to become the first team to book a semifinal spot. India, with three defeats in five games, are fourth in the points table and need to win their remaining two games by big margins to ensure a top-four finish. Sent into bat first, Darcie Brown hit India hard removing the openers in within the first six overs. But a Mithali Raj-Yastika Bhatia 130-run third-wicket stand saved thr 2017 World Cup runners-up. Both Mithali and Yastika departed in quick succession after notching their respective fiftes, before an unbeaten 57 from Harmanpreet Kaur and a crucial 32 from Pooja Vastrakar helped India to 277/7 in 50 overs. In reply, the Australians never looked in discomfort with Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes putting 121 runs for the first wicket. India did get back into the game with a couple of more strikes but captain Meg Lanning led from the from with a brilliant 97 to steer the team against a toothless Indian bowling attack. Both India and Australia have played each other in 2021 with India narrowly losing a three-match series 2-1. Get highlights of India Women vs Australia women.
14:42 PM IST: Captains Speak
Meg Lanning (AUS): We were pretty planned coming into the game. At the halfway mark we were pretty comfortable with that total, it was a ripper of a wicket. I thought Alyssa did so well today and you could tell from the first ball she faced that she was on today with that look on her face and it was nice to see her do well.
Mithali Raj (IND): When you lose you always feel you are 10-15 runs short. I think the way Australia started the innings, were always ahead of the asking rate. Next two games are must-win. Thanks to all the Indians who came here to support the girls.
14:10 PM IST: Australia win
Beth Mooney seals the deal for Australia 4, 2, 4 to beat India by six wickets. Australia become the first team to qualify for the semis. This is also Australia's highest-ever chase in Women's Cricket World Cup history.
With 10 points on the board, Australia have officially sealed a spot in the #CWC22 semi-finals 🌟 pic.twitter.com/WMPfj9y91Z— ICC Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 19, 2022
14:05 PM IST: India Strikes
India will not let Australia win easily. Pooja Vastrakar's blinder sends back Meg Lanning for 97. India are back in the game. AUS 270/4 (49). Australia need 8 runs in the last over.
14:02 PM IST: Miracle Can Save India
Only a miracle can save India in this match, maybe a hat-trick or a couple of wickets. Even if rain comes again, Australia will win with ease as they are way ahead India at this stage in terms of runs.
13:55 PM IST: Lanning In 90s
Meg Lanning enters the 90s with a superb boundary off Jhulan Goswami. AUS 257/3 (46)
13:42 PM IST: Game Still On
The game is still on for India. The Women in Blue need to bowl as many dots as possible to put pressure on the opposition. AUS (233/3) need 45 runs from 42 balls.
13:37 PM IST: Pooja Strikes
The break did the trick for India. Pooja Vastrakar strikes after the restart, Ellyse Perry departs for 28. AUS 226/3 (41.3)
13:26 PM IST: Good News
Good News! The covers are coming off.
13:15 PM IST: Rain Stops Play
Oh No! The rain gods have opened up and the players are making their way out. The covers are on too. The DLS par score at the moment is 197 runs. Australia are ahead by 28 runs. AUS 225/2 (41)
Gah. Raining here in Auckland as the players come off and the covers come on.— Australian Women's Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) March 19, 2022
Fingers crossed it passes quickly as forecasted!
Aussies currently 2-225, ahead of the DLS by 28 runs #CWC22
13:01 PM IST: AUS Cruise
The Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning partnerships reached 90. While Lanning is anchoring the innings, Perry is quietly playing the second fiddle. AUS 215/2 (38.2)
12:50 PM IST: Australia On Track
Australia are slowly inching towards a big win. Mithali Raj need to do something different here. If Australia don't lose any more wickets, it will heavily impact India's NRR. 50 for Meg Lanning too. AUS 196/2 (34.3)
12:18 PM IST: Australia Cross 150
A couple of cracking fours from Meg Lanning off Meghna Singh takes Australia past 150-mark. AUS 154/2 (27)
11:56 AM IST: India Back In Game
Two in two for India. Rachael Haynes edges behind to Richa Ghosh off Pooja Vastrakar fir 43. India are back in the game. AUS 123/2 (21).
11:51 AM IST: Rana Strikes
OUT! Sneh Rana has finally broken the deadlock. Alyssa Healy has to go back after making a strong 72 off 65 balls. AUS 121/1 (19.2)
11:37 AM IST: Bad News
Seems like Jhulan Goswami has sprained her leg which can be a big concern in the Indian camp> India don't have a sixth bowler today and can't afford one of the regulars to get injured. Meanwhile, Australia have gone past 100-run mark. AUS 110/0 (16.4)
11:25 AM IST: Healy 50
Half-century for Alyssa Healy. The Healy-Rachael Haynes opening-wicket stand is now 88. AUS 88/0 (15)
10:54 AM IST: India Need Wicket
India are in desperate need of a breakthrough. Everybody knows what damage can Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes can do. The duo have also brought up Australia's 50 in eighth over. AUS 53/0 (8)
10:41 AM IST: Strong Start
Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes provide Australia strong start in reply to India's 277/7. Healy has been most destructive so far with five fours. AUS 38/0 (5)
9:52 AM IST: India end at 277/7
Just 8 runs off the last over as India end at 277/7. Pooja Vastrakar is run out for 34 and Harmanpreet Kaur remains unbeaten on 57.
9:47 AM IST: Pooja Sends Schutt Into Crowds
HIGH, HIGH and it's a six. Pooja Vastrakar sends Megan Schutt into the crowds. The fifty-run stand between Vastrakar and Harmanpreet Kaur comes with that. IND 269/6 (49)
9:42 AM IST: IND Cross 250-mark
Harmanpreet Kaur brings up her half-century with a single. India also cross the 250-run mark. Earlier in the 46th over, India took 17 runs courtesy two fours and a six. IND 257/6 (48)
9:24 AM IST: AUS Peg Back
Australia have managed to stem India's run flow with two quick wickets. Richa Ghosh and Sneh Rana departed in quick successions to leave India at 215/6 after 43 overs. Harmanpreet Kaur will be key as far as India's batting is concerned as they aim close to 300-run mark.
9:04 AM IST: India Lose 4th
Alana King finally has the last laugh. Mithali Raj bents down for a slog sweep but didn't get the placement right for a simple catch to Ellyse Perry at deep mid-wicket. Mithali goes after a fine innings of 68. IND 186/4 (37.3)
Another #CWC22 match shaping up nicely!— ICC (@ICC) March 19, 2022
After 40 overs, India sit on 200/4, ready to launch in the final overs. pic.twitter.com/9XILJzDs9p
8:30 AM IST: Yastika Departs
Just after reaching her second ODI fifty, Yastika Bhatia departs for 59, caught by Ellyse Perry off Darcie Brown. Brown breaks 130-run stand. IND 158/3 (31.4)
8:25 AM IST: 50 For Yastika
Yastika Bhatia brings up her half-century with a four off Ashleigh Gardner, her second in ODIs. India also cross 150-run mark. IND 157/2 (31)
8:22 AM IST: Just 63!
Mithali Raj is all smiles after reaching her 63rd ODI fifty. She also equals New Zealand's Debbie Hockley for most fifties in Women's World Cup history. Both Mithali and Hockley have scored 12 fifties each. IND 144/2 (30)
8:11 AM IST: 100-Run Stand
What a comeback this has been from India. After being 28/2 in six overs, Mithali Raj and Yastika Bhatia have put together 100 runs for the unbroken third wicket. Both Mithali and Yastika have entered 40s. Meanwhile, Mithali dances down the track to hit Jess Jonassen straight over her head for a six. IND 135/2 (28)
After two wickets in the Powerplay, India have stabilised through captain Mithali Raj and Yastika Bhatia!— ICC Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 19, 2022
115/2 at the halfway mark of the innings #CWC22 pic.twitter.com/PM27TSxahJ
7:52 AM IST: 100 Up For India
This is the partnership India wanted. Both Mithali Raj and Yastika Bhatia looked settled in the middle and have been calm and composed negating the Australian bowlers. 100 comes up for India. Brilliant comeback. The partnership is now 73. IND 101/2 (22)
7:18 AM IST: IND Rebuild
50 up for India with a single from Yastika Bhatia off Ellyse Perry. She also hit a boundary in the previous ball. Perry concedes 10 wides in the over. IND 60/2 (12)
7:12 AM IST: IND Steady
At the end of 10 overs, India are 39/2 with Yastika Bhatia and Mithali Raj batting in the middle. There are plenty of overs left to bat and India should build a partnership here. Can't afford to lose any wicket at this stage.
6:56 AM IST: Brown Strikes Again
Oh No! Darcie Brown has Shafali Verma caught brilliantly by Beth Mooney. Shafali goes for 12. Inconsistency in Indian batting continues. IND 28/2 (6)
6:52 AM IST: Shafali Goes Big
A six and a four from Shafali Verma to end the over from Megan Schutt. IND 27/1 (5)
6:44 AM IST: Big Wicket
Massive wicket for Darcie Brown and Australia. Smriti Mandhana plays away from the body and gets a thick edge to Meg Lanning in the slips. Yastika Bhatia joins Shafali Verma in the middle. IND 11/1 (3.1)
6:40 AM IST: So Far So Good
So far so good for India. Both Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana are looking good in the crease. IND 10/0 (2)
6:35 AM IST: Stats
India and Australia are facing each other in their 50th women's ODI today. Meanwhile, Jhulan Goswami is player her 200th one-day international.
𝗔 𝗗𝗼𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗧𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗼 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵! 🙌 🙌— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 19, 2022
Congratulations to the legendary #TeamIndia pacer @JhulanG10 as she plays her 2⃣0⃣0⃣th WODI! 👏 👏 #CWC22 | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/jQvP25FwoX
6:30 AM IST: IND Start
Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana come in the middle for India. Megan Schutt to open the bowling for Australia.
6: 10 AM IST: Playing XIs
India Women: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Mithali Raj(c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Sneh Rana, Richa Ghosh(w), Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Australia Women: Alyssa Healy(w), Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning(c), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
6:07 AM IST: Team News
Both teams have one change. Shafali Verma replaces Deepti Sharma for India while Darcie Brown comes in for Annabel Sutherland in the Australian side.
6:00 AM IST: Toss
Australia have won the toss and Meg Lanning has decided to bowl first.
India are coming off a four-wicket defeat against England. Mithali Raj's team has run hot and cold in the Women's World Cup. Emphatics wins against Pakistan and West Indies have been negated by defeats against New Zealand and England. Batting inconsistencies have hurt the team.
India may have the psychological edge going into the Australia match. Five years ago, India beat Australia by 36 runs in Derby to make the Women's World Cup final. Harmanpreet Kaur slammed a blistering 171 off 115 balls to knock off Australia and India will look up to her again.
Smriti Mandhana, a big game player, is also eager to do her best against Australia. Opener Mandhana has made a blistering start to the tournament, racking up 216 runs at an average of 54 but it's the middle order that has not come good. A big knock is due from Mithali Raj, playing her record sixth World Cup.
💬 💬 "Jhulan Goswami has been a motivation for all of us." #TeamIndia batter @mandhana_smriti lauds veteran pacer @JhulanG10 who is all set to play her 2⃣0⃣0⃣th WODI tomorrow. 👏 👏 #CWC22 #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/UUFYxCseBd— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 18, 2022
Australia will be wary of Jhulan Goswami. Having already celebrated her 250th ODI wicket during what is her fifth World Cup, seamer Goswami will become just the second woman to make 200 appearances after her captain Mithali Raj.