Women's World Cup: Mithali Raj Revels In India's Stunning Win Over New Zealand, Dubs It 'Perfect Response'

Updated: 16 July 2017 17:21 IST

Women's team captain Mithali Raj's reaction came after India outclassed New Zealand to seal a berth in the last-four of the tournament.

Mithali Raj termed India's resounding win over New Zealand as 'perfect response' after two losses. © Mithali Raj/Twitter

A sixth century in ODIs for Mithali Raj and a maiden five-for by left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad was enough to steamroll New Zealand on Saturday and book India's semi-final date with Australia. After beginning the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 on a high, Mithali Raj and Co. lost to South Africa and Australia and had to win Saturday's match at Derby to be able to qualify for the last-four stage of the tournament. An impressive show by captain Mithali (109) and Rajeshwari (5/15) ensured India got what they wanted. And just after the win, captain Mithali termed the victory as "perfect response".

The Indian skipper took to micro-blogging site Twitter and said: "Perfect response from the team after 2 losses to win against New Zealand and seal the semis spot against the Aussies,".

Put into bat, India recovered from an early wobble to score a challenging 265/7 in their final league match, riding on a 132-run stand between Mithali (109) and Harmanpreet Kaur (60) and a quickfire 70 by Veda Krishnamurthy.

India then produced a superb bowling display to dismiss the Kiwis for 79 in just 25.3 overs.

Left-arm spinner Gayakwad was the pick of the bowlers with her five-wicket haul, while Deepti Sharma (2/26) scalped two as Jhulan Goswami (1/14), Shikha Pandey (1/12) and Poonam Yadav (1/12) picked one each, respectively.

Chasing 266 for a win, New Zealand lost two early wickets with both openers Suzie Bates (1) and Rachel Priest (5) back in the hut in 3 overs.

India will face Australia in the semi-final on July 20 at the County Ground in Derby. India had lost to Australia by 8 wickets in the group match of the ongoing tournament.

Topics : India Women Mithali Raj New Zealand Women Australia Women Harmanpreet Kaur Veda Krishnamurthy ICC Women's World Cup Cricket
  • Mithali Raj terms India's victory as 'perfect response'
  • India beat New Zealand by 186 runs on Saturday
  • India will play Australia in the semi-finals on July 20
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