India roots for Women in Blue after stunning semi-final win

RSTV Bureau

The Women in Blue, the Indian women’s cricket team, have stormed into the ICC World Cup final after a stunning win against defending champions Australia.

Derby :  India's Jhulan Goswami, 3rd right, celebrates after bowling Australia's Meg Lanning, left, during the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 semifinal match between Australia and India at County Ground in Derby, England, Thursday, July 20, 2017. AP/ PTI

Derby : India’s Jhulan Goswami, 3rd right, celebrates after bowling Australia’s Meg Lanning, left, during the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 semifinal match between Australia and India at County Ground in Derby, England, Thursday, July 20, 2017. AP/ PTI

The Indian team will be facing England on Sunday and the entire country is rooting for the World Cup.

Not just cricket stars, Bollywood and even the politicians encouraged the team to go for the big win on Sunday.

In Saturday’s match, India’s Harmanpreet Kaur produced one of the greatest ever ODI knocks in women’s cricket. The Indian vice-captain smashed her way to a career-best magical 171 off 115 balls. Her innings drew comparisons with Kapil Dev’s historic 175 against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells during the 1983 World Cup.

India beat Australia by 36 runs in the semis after India put up an imposing 281 for 4 after rain reduced the match to 42-overs a side.

It is only the second time that the Indian women’s team have entered the World Cup final. In 2005, India lost the final to Australia.

The finals against the hosts England, will take place at Lords on Sunday.