BCCI on Friday congratulated the Indian women's team for reaching the finals of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 after defeating defending champion Australia in the second semifinals at Derby, England. All-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur produced one of greatest ever ODI knocks in women's cricket last night to single-handedly guide India to the ICC World Cup final, demolishing Australia by 36 runs.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Mithali Raj and Co. team posted a mammoth total of 281 on board in 42 overs. Chasing a huge target, Australia got off to a poor start from which they never recovered. Despite a strong hand at the lower Alex Blackwell (90 off 56 balls), the women in yellow were defeated by a better opposition who showed more intent on the big day.
It was only the second time that India entered the summit clash of the global event, having lost to Australia in the final of the 2005 edition.
The 'Women In Blue' will meet hosts England in the final at the Lord's on Sunday.
"We all are proud for the dazzling knock of 171 of 115 balls by Harmanpreet Kaur in women's World Cup semifinal against the defending champion Australia," said C K Khanna, Acting President of BCCI.
"I on behalf of BCCI congratulate the Kaur, team captain Mithali and entire team."
"BCCI will discuss and announce the award to Women's Cricket Team on their tremendous performance in World Cup. We all look forward to welcoming the team with World Cup 2017," he added.
(With PTI Inputs)