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Harmanpreet To CNN-News18: Can't Believe We Will Be Playing Final

CNN-News18 |July 21, 2017, 7:19 PM IST
Harmanpreet To CNN-News18: Can't Believe We Will Be Playing Final

A day after her match-winning unbeaten knock of 171 runs against Australia in the semi-final of the ICC Women's World Cup, Harmanpreet Kaur spoke exclusively with CNN-News18 and said that she and the other Indian cricketers can't believe that they have qualified for the finals.

The Indian vice-captain, who hit 20 boundaries and 7 sixes during her stay in the middle, said that she was only thinking about scoring as many runs as possible.

"I was only thinking of getting more and more runs on the board. There weren't many wickets left. After Mithali's dismissal the onus was on me to get the runs and I started going for the big shots," a jubilant Harmanpreet told CNN-News18 over phone from England.

Australia were the defending champions and are by far the biggest force in the women's game, having won the World Cup six times. Harmanpreet knew India needed a big total to challenge them and Harmanpreet did exactly the same.

"It was important for us to get runs on the board because Australia are a tough team to beat. Once I started hitting, the entire team got confidence and we managed to beat Australia," the all rounder said.

As a result of that mammoth effort, India have now reached the final of the Women's World Cup only for the second time and will have a chance to create history when they take on hosts England in the summit clash.

"It was our dream to reach the final of the World Cup and now we hope that we can go one step further and win the Cup. The team is getting ready for the final and we are not taking anything lightly," Harmanpreet signed off.

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2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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