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On This Day| Harmanpreet Kaur's Whirlwind 171* off 115 Balls Powers India to Women's World Cup Final

Harmanpreet Kaur. (Getty Images)

Harmanpreet Kaur. (Getty Images)

On this day three years ago, Harmanpreet Kaur played a knock for the ages as India beat Australia in the Women's World Cup semi-final at Derby.

On this day three years ago, Harmanpreet Kaur played a knock for the ages as India beat Australia in the Women’s World Cup semi-final at Derby.

Harmanpreet’s hard-hitting 171* helped India score 281-4 in the first innings. In response, Australia were bundled out for 245.

India were in a decent position when Harmanpreet came into bat; however, they needed one big innings to provide the imepetus and set the foundations for a big target.

Harmanpreet would go on to do both with startling ease, hitting the Aussie bowlers all around the park. Her knock consisted of 20 fours and 7 sixes and she scored a strike-rate of 148.69.

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Scoreboard pressure was on Australia early and it showed. Openers Nicole Bolton (14) and Beth Mooney (1) departed cheaply. To make matters worse, skipper Meg Lanning was dismissed for a duck.

Ellyse Perry managed to score 38 but once she was dismissed, India sensed a chance at wrapping things up early.

Resistance eventually came in the form of Ellyse Villani (75) and Alex Blackwell (90) but Australia were losing wickets on a regular basis and the lack of big partnerships came back to haunt them.

Deepti Sharma (3-59) was the pick of the Indian bowlers. She was ably supported by Shikha Pandey (2-17) and Jhulan Goswami (2-35).

The knock was an eye-opener as well for fans who suddenly believed that India could actually do the unthinkable and bring home the trophy.