Inda outplayed New Zealand to win by 186 runs and seal the semi-final spot with an important victory.
Earlier, India had lost 2 back-to-back games against South Africa and Australia, which led to India's game against New Zealand being a virtual knockout.
Mithali Raj took to Twitter and wrote: Perfect response from the team after 2 losses to win against New Zealand and seal the semis spot against the Aussies.
Perfect response from the team after 2 losses to win against New Zealand and seal the semis spot against the Aussies. 😊👍🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/BCndsARL92— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) July 15, 2017
Mithali Raj slammed a century before left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad returned with a five-wicket haul as India crushed New Zealand by 186 runs to storm into the semifinals of the ICC Women's World Cup on Saturday.
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 Rajeshwari Gayakwad (5/15) was the peak of the bowlers with her five-wicket haul, while Deepti Sharma (2/26) scalped two and 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.
First Published: July 16, 2017, 1:21 PM IST