Rain holds up Australia, India women's World Cup semi-final

The Women's World Cup Final trophy at Lord's

Harmanpreet Kaur played the innings of her life on Thursday when she blazed an unbeaten 171 off just 115 balls in the Women's World Cup semi-final against defending champions Australia in Derby.

Six-time winners Australia have lived up to their favourites billing by making it to the semi-finals with six wins and just one defeat under their belt but they now face a tricky opposition in India. The match will be played at The County Ground, a ground boasting plenty of familiarity for India having played four of their group games on the venue, including their last must-win clash against New Zealand to reach the semi-finals.

Winning a crucial toss, Mithali Raj asked her girls to bat first and put Australia under pressure.

Derby: When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

Skipper Mithali Raj and senior pacer Jhulan Goswami were part of the Indian team which had lost then in Centurion.

Earlier in the day, India named an unchanged XI from their win over New Zealand, while Australia brought in Meg Lanning for Rachel Haynes. Her five 50s are two more than any other player in the World Cup and she has taken nine wickets to date. Villani also has two first-ball ducks in the seven games she has featured in so far.

As well as Perry's consistent form at the crease, moments in the field, like her incredible run out of South Africa's Trisha Chetty that was thrown in from deep in the outfield, are immeasurable but don't go unnoticed by her teammates.

It's no coincidence that India played one of their best games against England - in the tournament opener - before the eyes of the country were on them. There were no boundaries and her partner Mithali Raj was doing the same. The first Indian cricketer to have featured in the Women's Big Bash League had an ordinary World Cup campaign until today.

The India vs Australia, ICC Women's World Cup 2017 Semi-final Match will start at 03:00 PM IST, Saturday, July 20, 2017. She played a starring role in a T20 against Australia in January 2016, scoring a 31-ball 46 to help India to record its highest ever T20 chase. She just needed another 17 balls to get to 150 - a phase through which the Australian bowlers were taken to the cleaners.

Deepti Sharma was the pick of the Indian bowlers as she took three wickets. The Indian captain moves on the back foot trying to play it square towards third man, but the delivery by Beams is a bit faster and skids on to her stumps.

Ellyse Perry became the tournament's top scorer during her 38 but guided Pandey to wicketkeeper Sushma Verma to prompt a collapse.

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