Half-centuries from skipper Mithali Raj, Yastika Bhatia and Harmanpreet Kaur steered India to 277 for seven of their essential Ladies’s World Cup recreation towards Australia right here on Saturday.
Mithali (68 off 96) and Yastika (59 off 83) steadied the innings with a 130-run for the third wicket after India misplaced openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma cheaply.
With India slipping to 213 for six from 158 for 2, Harmanpreet got here up with a a lot wanted 57 not out off 47 balls to take the staff nicely previous 250. Pooja Vastrakar as soon as once more supplied the late flourish with 34 off 28 balls.
Pooja and Harmanpreet blasted 64 runs off 47 balls of their seventh wicket stand with India selecting 52 runs within the final 5 overs.
India, who had been put in to bat by Australia, determined to strengthen the batting by bringing again opener Shafali on the expense of all-rounder Deepti Sharma, who had batted at 4 within the earlier two video games.
Yastika, who batted at three with Shafali becoming a member of Smriti on the high, scored her first half century of the match batting alongside veteran Mithali, who dropped herself a spot all the way down to quantity 4.
The skipper additionally bought again amongst the runs after a lean run by her lofty requirements within the first 4 video games.
Each Mithali and Yastika discovered it powerful to rotate the strike early on of their innings earlier than they discovered their rhythm. They used the late minimize to good impact towards spinners Alana King and Ashleigh Gardner, who weren’t at their finest on the day.
The captain additionally hit a straight six off left-arm spinner Jess Jonasen enroute to her first half-century of the competitors.
After each Yastika and Mithali perished attempting to speed up, Harmanpreet rose to the event and ensured her staff arrange a aggressive whole.
The T20 skipper, who was even dropped from the enjoying eleven earlier than the World Cup attributable to extended lean patch, reached her third 50 plus rating within the match proving that she is a giant match participant.
Harmanpreet used her trademark sweep shot off each spinners and pacers to place strain on the opposition. She was helped by Pooja who smashed couple of sixes and a boundary to finish the innings on a excessive.
A normally disciplined Australia bowled as many as 24 wides to assist India’s trigger.