Despite having scored just 137 runs in the tournament prior to this innings, the all-rounder obliterated Australia's attack as she took India from 35-2 to 281-4 in the rain reduced 42-overs per side match.
Australia vice-captain Alex Blackwell believes the prospect of facing England in front of a sell-out crowd of Lord's is the flawless incentive to beat India in their World Cup semi-final. When she joined Mithali Raj, the situation was quite similar to that in their must-win league match against New Zealand. "Smriti needs to be back among runs tomorrow as she is key to India scoring over 250", said Edulji. It wasda heat of the moment thing (speaking about the nearly-chaotic run when she completed her 100). However, India-W has poor records against Australia-W.
After missing Australia's final group stage match against South Africa due to an ongoing shoulder problem, captain Meg Lanning arrived at the ground this morning and looks likely to feature in the final line-up. Raj starred in that clash, but she knows India must up its game on Thursday if it has to dethrone the current World Champion.
Australia's top order has been consistently strong throughout the tournament, only being bowled out once, but opener Beth Mooney said herself and Nicole Bolton enjoy knowing Perry can come in and go on with it if they need.
Although the women's cricket team failed to win any match in the recent ICC Women's World Cup, the bigger picture still has more positives than negatives.
Villani, dropped by Pandey at mid-off when on 10, used her feet well against the spinners to hit some lusty blows during her 58-ball 75.
She had taken just 115 balls to hit 171 runs in Derby - an innings that will likely be remembered as one of the historic knocks an Indian cricketer has played at the Women's World Cup, or indeed any World Cup. Also, it was in the previous encounter between these two sides when the 34-year old became the leading female run-scorer in One Day Internationals, surpassing Charlotte Edwards of England.
"I don't think it all relies on one player in either team".