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India to take on six-times champion Australia in the semi-finals

English skipper Heather Knight led by example

A heavy downpour reduced the semi-final to a 42-over contest, but such was Harmanpreet Kaur's relentless assault that she had enough time to reel off 171 not out off 115 balls - the third-highest score in the World Cup and fifth-highest overall.

After 89 runs were thrashed off the final six overs of their innings, India left Australia needing their highest ever chase in a World Cup knockout match. "It can only give me confidence to play with a bit more freedom because (of) now knowing the fact that there are players who can turn things around", she went on.

She returned against India to score an unbeaten 88 but was then ruled out of their final pool match against South Africa with Australia already qualified for the semis.

Kaur is very much a known quantity.

Perry has the second most runs in the tournament, with 366 from her seven matches, and is just six runs off leader Tammy Beaumont from England.

Coming to India's bowling department, the hopes will be pinned on the veteran Jhulan Goswami and her partner Shikha Pandey.

Perry recorded her fifth half-century of the tournament and is the second-top run scorer, behind England's Tammy Beaumont, with 366 runs at an average of 91.50. The seven sixes - most fetched on the leg side, a couple, towering, down the ground - showed just what Mott was anxious about. They have lost 34 of the 42 ODI games they have played against Aussies and were also thrashed by eight wickets when the two sides met in the group encounter.

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Her hundred was eventful.

Kaur continued to attack in a merciless display of hitting, requiring 26 balls to move from her half-century to triple figures, when she was nearly run out scampering a two to reach the landmark.

Harmanpreet Kaur could barely walk, but she was floating on air. She reached her fifty off 64 balls, and India at that stage were looking to build steadily. A dramatic turnaround for a team at the 7 spot in last World Cup. India would start well, lose direction, crash out in the first round and then bide their time until the next global event.

Former skipper Lisa Sthalekar has advocated for Haynes to be retained, while calling for Lanning to replace Elyse Villani. Villani led the charge in a century partnership off 89 balls in which the second 50 took 39.

The game looked cooked at that point, with Australia requiring 113 from the final 57 balls.

A final-wicket stand of 76 between Alex Blackwell (90) and Kristen Beams (11 not out) added some respectability to the margin of defeat, but it masked a hugely disappointing performance. But that is a boring silver lining to a second world tournament in as many years that Australia have left empty-handed.

Mithali Raj's side will face England in Sunday's sellout final at Lord's. "Having said that - this unit is up for it".

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