March 21 2018

5 players to watch out for as India takes on Australia

March 21 2018, 10:13 | Irvin Gilbert

Australia scored a comfortable eight-wicket win over India in the group stage, chasing down the target of 227 with almost five overs to spare.

Lanning, 25, suffered a shoulder injury during the early stages of the tournament and did not feature in her side's victory over Pakistan.

An unshackled Raj at a packed Lord's and all she needs is her team to go from burden to brilliant.

India's Mithali Raj and Australia's Meg Lanning.

The match marks a milestone for Jonassen, as she becomes the 19 Australian to play 50 ODIs.

That scare and the wicket of Deepti Sharma did little to deter her, using only 18 balls to then bring up 150, as she ensured Australia would need to complete the biggest chase in World Cup history to progress and England in Sunday's sell-out final at Lord's.

Second-placed Australia, who won six of seven pool games en route to the second semi-final against India, have constantly maintained the pay war has not distracted their World Cup bid. The team till now has shown an overall good performance, from defeating England in their opening match to beating New Zealand to enter the semi-finals.

Raj fell for 36 from 61 balls to reduce India to 3-101, and following the exit of her captain Kaur stepped up and took the game to the world champions in swashbuckling style. India have a poor record against Australia, having lost 34 out of 42 games played so far. Indian players would have to bat, bowl and field out of their skins today to have any chance against a strong Australian side.

Australia vice-captain Alex Blackwell believes the prospect of facing England in front of a sell-out crowd of Lord's is the ideal incentive to beat India in their World Cup semi-final.

Rajeshwari Gayakwad who took 5 wickets in the virtual quarter-final against New Zealand and helped the side to a comprehensive win will be under the spotlight. It gets me back into (the) now that we have Australia to play.

"The depth in all teams in this tournament has improved throughout the World Cups I have been a part of". She reached her fifty off 64 balls, and India at that stage were looking to build steadily. But with that has also come added pressure, something most players in the side are facing on such a scale for the first time. If India have to play the final at Lords, the ambidexterous opener will have to do two things.

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