India booked their place in the final by beating the defending and six-time champions Australia by 36 runs in the semi-final in Derby on Thursday. The Mithali Raj-led team will face England in the final – to be played at Lord’s on Sunday.
"I would like to congratulate the Indian Women's Cricket Team for their exemplary show in the ICC Women's World Cup. The team has shown tremendous character and the girls have raised the bar with each passing game under the able leadership of Mithali Raj," said COA chief Vinod Rai in a statement.
BCCI acting president CK Khanna echoed the sentiments on Rai and he said:" The BCCI acknowledges the performance of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team that has qualified for the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. The team has a good blend of young talent and experienced campaigners in Captain Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami."
"The all-round performance was on display in the semi-final against Australia Women, who have won the World Cup six times. The fearless batting of Harmanpreet Kaur mirrors the team’s approach under pressure," Khanna added in the statement.
Harmanpreet Kaur produced one of greatest ever ODI knocks in women's cricket as India stormed into the ICC World Cup final, demolishing Australia in semi-final on Thursday.
It is only the second time that India have entered the summit clash of the global event, having lost to Australia in the final of the 2005 edition. Skipper Mithali Raj and senior pacer Jhulan Goswami were part of the Indian team which had lost then in Centurion.
The 'Women In Blue' will meet hosts England in the final at the Lord's. Mithali and Co. have already beaten England in the group stage of the tournament but they cannot commit the mistake of taking the hosts lightly as the final will a different affair altogether.
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First Published: July 22, 2017, 3:25 PM IST