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Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy guide India to 265 vs NZ

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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

India must win against New Zealand if they wish to make it to the knockouts of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017. I felt that somewhere if I had few more batters to support me, maybe my game would have been much better. In next over, Jhulan Goswami caught and bowled Rachel Priest (5) to help India get off to a ideal start.

"On behalf of the BCCI, I congratulate Indian Women Team for qualifying into Semifinals of Women World Cup 2017". Amy Satterthwaite and Sophie Devine were New Zealand's only hopes but after offering brief-yet-futile resistance, both fell to Gayakwad, leaving New Zealand down to 57 for 6 at the end of 20 overs.

While her pathway is most definitely bright, it will require another big effort from the young White Fern to get her side into the semi-finals, against an Indian side who tends to play spin quite well.

New Zealand have crumbled for a paltry 79 against India to exit the women's cricket World Cup in miserable fashion. If the captain and her deputy ensured against another batting collapse with their responsible batting in the 132-run stand, it was Veda's berserk 70 in a 108-run partnership with Raj that gave India an above-par total on the slow track.

With the help of Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy, the skipper took India's score to 265, which proved to be a bit too much for the White Ferns, who bowed out of the tournament with this loss. Poor start for India as Punam Raut got out cheaply. Indian women have shattered many records and earned a good name for the country.

She has already hit three half centuries and a 46 not out, besides today's ton, from the seven matches she has played so far. We are sure that you all are going to love this because nobody expected that Indian women team is going to enter on semi final of this world cup. If it is a very crucial game in the T20s, the World Cup, or even just that dictates a series win, we tend to fall down in that match.

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