Batting first, India Women set a huge target of 278 runs in front of Australia at Eden Park, Auckland. Half-centuries from captain Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Yastika Bhatia steered India to 277/7 in their most important Women’s World Cup game against Australia here on Saturday.
Australia won the toss and decided to bowl first in this match, but due to the excellent performance of the Indian middle order, India has been able to reach this huge score. After opening blows of Smriti Mandhana and Shefali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, captain Mithali Raj, and Harmanpreet Kaur took charge of the innings and scored a brilliant half-century to take the Indian team to a score of 277 runs.
Solid show by #TeamIndia to post 2⃣7⃣7⃣/7⃣ on the board! 👏 👏 #CWC22 | #INDvAUS
6⃣8⃣ for captain @M_Raj03
5⃣9⃣ for @YastikaBhatia
5⃣7⃣* for vice-captain @ImHarmanpreet
3⃣4⃣ for @Vastrakarp25
Over to our bowlers now. 👍
Scorecard ▶️ https://t.co/SLZ4bayb4f pic.twitter.com/EAqhkwqL4O
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 19, 2022
Captain Mithali Raj(68 off 96) and Yashika Bhatia(59 off 83) put on 130 runs for the third wicket and Harmanpreet Kaur, who came to the break of this partnership, also hit a flamboyant half-century and scored 57 not out off 47 balls.
Australia now has to achieve a huge target of 278 runs to win this match, which is going to be a big challenge for the Australian team. Today’s match is very important for India to reach the semi-finals and if India is successful in winning this match then its chances of reaching the semi-finals will be very strong.