Spinners, Lanning seal Australia’s semi-final berth | Cricket

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Australia 227 for 2 (Lanning 76*, Perry 60*, Mooney 45) beat India 226 for 7 (Raut 106, Raj 69, Perry 2-37, Schutt 2-52) by eight wicket
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Australia secured a semi-last berth as they overpowered India’s 226 for 7 with consummate ease on a gradual turner in Bristol. India’s lack of ability to deliver to the fore their electric power-sport at different levels for the duration of the class of the 157-operate second-wicket stand among centurion Punam Raut and Mithali Raj, who grew to become the foremost operate-getter in Women’s ODIs, still left them shortchanged. They will now have to beat New Zealand in their last group sport on Sunday to make it through to the semi-last of an ICC celebration for the initial time because 2010.

Beth Mooney and Nicole Bolton included 62 for the initial wicket in 15.4 overs to established Australia up. Following Bolton base-edged a sweep off Poonam Yadav to Sushma Verma, the wicketkeeper, Meg Lanning dug in. Batting with a strapped shoulder, she displayed nimble footwork to negate India’s spin troika of Ekta Bisht, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav, to make 76 not out as Australia eased residence with 29 balls to spare. She was complemented by the in-form Ellyse Perry, who finished with 60 not out, her fourth successive fifty to go with two wickets.

Where by Australia’s spinners wrested control – they merged to choose 4 for 129 off 29 overs – partly due to India’s diffidence with the bat, India’s slower bowlers leaked a merged 183 in 34 overs. India’s gradual scoring was largely due to the lack of ability of Raj to strike the ball off the sq. she eaten 82 deliveries and limped previous the 34 she essential to eclipse Charlotte Edwards’ file.

Jess Jonassen and Kristen Beams employed angles and flight to slice off scoring solutions for Raut and Raj. Their protection of the leg-facet boundary saved teasing the batsmen to perform in opposition to the transform, creating it challenging to maneuver the ball in excess of the off facet.

Once the file was out of the way, Raj appeared a minimal far more relaxed. The initial indication of intent arrived a few balls later on as she waltzed down the pitch to strike a straight six to also become the initial batsman in Women’s ODIs to cross 6000 operates. By then, Punam was in her 50s. From time-to-time, she resorted to sweeping in opposition to the transform and bringing out the sensitive paddles to continue to keep the operates ticking. Off the pacers, she was particularly punishing in direction of Megan Schutt, who she shovelled and lap-swept to choose off boundaries.

However, at no phase did the pair give Australia any shivers. When Raj mistimed a lofted strike back again to Beams in the 41st in excess of, India had barely managed to cross the four-operates for every in excess of mark. Over the future six overs, Harmanpreet Kaur introduced out the odd massive strike to make a 22-ball 23, but Raut’s wicket in the 47th led to a full breakdown. India dropped four wickets for 16, with Deepti Sharma, their second-best operate-getter of the event, not coming out to bat until the last in excess of.

Early in the chase, India saved matters limited, conceding just 34 off the initial 10. The scenario was ripe for their spinners to mount a problem. But Bisht’s initial in excess of that went for a few boundaries led to opening of the floodgates. Poonam Yadav looped the ball up, but by not landing it proper on a floor where by the transform was gradual, gave the batsmen ample time to rock back again and pull.

Lanning confirmed intent proper from the time she walked out, lofting Yadav in excess of her head for six off the fourth ball she faced. To compensate, the spinners resorted to bowling small and saved obtaining put away sq. of the wicket through cuts and sweeps. India failed to enable matters by fielding as badly as they did, operates regularly conceded by permitting the ball through their legs at the boundary. All of this intended, the chase went chilly at the midway mark. For massive elements of the last 15 overs, it appeared as if an extended internet session was on, the sense of helplessness in India’s ranks all too obvious as what should’ve been a demanding chase turned into a cakewalk.

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Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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