Kaur's 171 takes India to 281-4 against Australia

Australia, England and Sri Lanka post victories as ICC Women's World Cup 2017 semi-finalists decided

Rain had reduced the match to a 42 overs per side contest, with bad weather and a sodden outfield delaying the scheduled 10:30am (0930 GMT) start by more than two hours.

Raj didn't confirm whether Gayakwad would keep her spot against Australia over the experienced-Bisht, but the semi-final will be played on the same wicket as the match against New Zealand. In fact, I think the pressure will be more on Australia. But at the World Cup, Harmanpreet found herself coming in towards the slog overs and so struggled to get time in the middle. An employee of the Indian Railways, Harmanpreet, who is playing her 77th ODI, has 68 T20s and two Tests on her resume.

In that game, Punam Raut scored a hundred, her second in ODIs, and the 21st overall by an Indian woman. Tomorrow is a do-or-die clash for both teams as a win will assure them a ticket to World Cup final while the losing team will head straight home. They lost the top order comprising the in-form trio of Nicole Bolton (14), Beth Mooney (1) and skipper Meg Lanning (0) for nearly nothing on the board.

Sharma was then dismissed by Villani, ending a partnership that produced 137 runs from just 12.3 overs with Kaur scoring 106 of them. But now, a week after that thrashing, on a stage as massive as the semi-final of the World Cup, one of her team-mates produced an innings for the ages against the same opposition. It is a formidable team, and the country has won the women's world cup six times over the years.

Australia: Beth Mooney, Nicole Bolton, Meg Lanning (captain), Ellyse Perry, Elyse Villani, Alex Blackwell, Alyssa Healy (wicket-keeper), Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Kristen Beams. In July 2016, Kaur made history by becoming the first woman cricketer from India to sign for an overseas T20 franchise, when she joined Sydney Thunder in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL). The pair ensured India go past the first power play without much casualty.

Captain Mithali Raj's women has reached the semi-final banking on some solid individual performances. But above all, the Indians need to improve on their fielding and even take the half chances that come their way as catches win matches.

"We've played a lot in the group stage here, four games, so we are aware of the conditions and that is our advantage", Mithali said in the pre-match press conference.

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