India outshine NZ to march into Women’s World Cup semis

Derby: The Indian women’s cricket team thrashed New Zealand by 186 runs to storm into the semi-finals of the ongoing Women’s World Cup at the County Ground here on Saturday.

Skipper Mithali Raj’s scintillating century set the tone as India posted a healthy 265/7 before left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s maiden fifer (5/15) bundled out the White Ferns for a paltry 79.

The New Zealanders found themselves three-down in the 11th over and after a brief, ineffective resistance from Amy Satterthwaite and Sophie Devine, they crumbled under pressure.

India have now joined Australia, England and South Africa as the four semi-finalists of this year’s World Cup. (IANS)

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