The Indian Women’s cricket team has given the nation a reason to look forward to this weekend. The country wakes up to the news of our side progressing to the finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup. These girls have made the nation proud yet again by upstaging the defending world champions, the Australians. This time around it wasn’t Smriti Mandana or Mithali Raj that demolished the opposition but Harmanpreet Kaur. Her knock of 171 of just 115 balls had demoralized the opposition as India was once 70/2 at the end of 20 overs. The Indian women will be facing hosts England on Sunday in the finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup.
This side has been performing well throughout the tournament apart from the recent losses. The odds were against them as they were facing the defending champions and six-time world champions in a knockout game. The start was not glamorous for India, for they had lost Smriti Mandhana in the first over. The second wicket too had fallen within the power-play. India required a partnership which was exactly what Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj did. The side was still carrying on at a slow run rate of just 3.50 at the half-way mark. A free hit of a no-ball from Kirsten Beams went for a six by Harmanpreet Kaur in the 25th over. India began to progress at an excellent pace as Harmanpreet Kaur demolished the Australian bowling attack. She reached her half-century mark in 64 balls and the rest 120 runs came in merely just 55 deliveries.
Harmanpreet Kaur had the highest individual score by an Indian in a knockout fixture in the World Cup. India won the semi final by 36 runs. This side has been serving as an inspiration to not just the women of our nation but also each and every individual, It is important to realize the contribution of these women to the game. The whole nation is now eager to witness the sight of these women lifting the trophy on Sunday. Regardless of Sunday’s outcome, the nation will be proud of this side’s performance in the tournament.