White Ferns world cup over

The result marks the first time New Zealand has finished outside the top four at a women's world cup. I felt that somewhere if I had few more batters to support me, maybe my game would have been much better.

Gayakwad was absolutely brilliant as she picked up five wickets giving away just 15 runs in her 7.3-over spell. Just a few weeks ago in South Africa, Mithali's long-time team-mate and medium pacer, Jhulan Goswami, had become the highest wicket-taker in women's ODIs.

New Zealand Women: 79 all out in 25.3 overs (Amy Satterthwaite 26; Rajeshwari Gayakwad 5/15). The celebrations were somewhat muted as India went on to lose the match but the significance of the milestone can't be lost on anyone. One of the legends of the sport, Mithali Raj led from the front and scored a well-crafted century to help the Women in Blue register a mammoth 186-run win.

Indian captain Mithali Raj spearheaded her side's innings, making 109 while Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy pitched in with 60 and 70 respectively.

Against the ongoing match against the White Ferns, Raj rescued the team in the virtual quarterfinal as opener Smriti Mandhana got out cheaply once again.

Her own dismissal off the seventh ball started a slide which they couldn't stop.

Krishnamurthy was there to give impetus to the Indian innings towards the close and she was by far the most aggressive batswomen as she was always looking for big shots. There's going to be lot of reviews of our team because we were expected to make the semi-finals.

With so much riding on the match, it will be a test of India's character, one where they will have to show the fight they have been lacking in the last two games. India and New Zealand are in a do or die situation.


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