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Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar Among Those Who Congratulate Mithali Raj For Her

Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar Among Those Who Congratulate Mithali Raj For Her”

Third-placed India, along with England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have only tasted defeat once, and a win against Lanning's side will secure their last-four berth.

The crush, crushed hearts: Smriti Mandhana who came to limelight on the back of her knocks of 90* and 106, could not leave a mark against Australia as she was dismissed for just 3 runs. The battle for entering into the semi-final was held today at County Ground, Bristol.

Mithali Raj, who belongs to a Tamil family, was born in Jodhpur in 1982 - just a year before Kapil Dev's team won the 1983 World Cup. She has scored five centuries and 49 half-centuries - her highest score being an unbeaten 114 runs against Ireland.

The Australians went out and put up some milestones of their own.

Aussie openers Mooney and Bolton made a watchful start to their innings as Indian pacers Jhulan Goswami and Deepti Sharma bowled maiden overs first up.

Perry also improved with the ball, returning 2-37, capably supported by Megan Schutt with 2-52. In its ball-by-ball coverage of the match as it happened, The Guardian cricket correspondent found it odd that Deepti Sharma (the highest scorer in the previous game against South Africa) was bumped down the order behind the sloggers like Jhulan Goswami despite stroking 27 boundaries in a match against Ireland.

"It's a World Cup so every game has an edge to it". Worst case scenario, they finish level on points with New Zealand and net run rate will determined the final positions. Later, the wickets are fall off continously and score 226 runs in 50 overs at the loss of 7 wickets.

Deandra Dottin made 104 while Stafanie Taylor added 90 and Pakistan didn't have the talent to make the 286-run chase, but lost on Duckworth-Lewis after rain affected the game.

Australia, England and South Africa have qualified for the semifinals. A number of the captains said coming in there would be no easy games.

Lanning won the toss and elected to field and Ashleigh Gardner's early scalp of the risky Smriti Mandhana (3) gave Australia the immediate upper hand in their quest to return to the top of the World Cup standings.

Australia, though, will be a little apprehensive trying out new combinations for a big win will make the next round a little smoother for them.

The duo gave few chances, and helped on by India's poor fielding, ran hard without every looking in a hurry.



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