India's biggest win in the Women's World Cup

Sunday, 16 Jul, 2017

Also, Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy scored 60 runs and 70 runs in 90 and 45 balls and hit 7 boundaries as 4.

However, for both the team and fans, there is something more at stake than a semifinal spot; the legacy of some of India's biggest names.

The Indian women's team spun a web around New Zealand to secure a thumping win in all the important clash at County Ground, Derby on Saturday. But Veda had other plans.

It is a virtual knock out match for both sides as the victor of this match will progress to the semi-finals. She also brought up her 50th half-century, the first woman to register the 50th score in the fifties in women's ODI history.

"Punam (Raut, the opener who scored a century in that match) did tell me, 'you stay there.' She feels confident when I'm around".

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The two veterans, who are more towards the end of their proud careers than the beginnings, have done more than anyone else to raise the profile of the women's game in India. And India couldn't have asked for a better start than when their strike bowlers returned a wicket each in the mandatory powerplay to compliment the batting effort earlier in the day. "Harmanpreet's knock was important too", she said. When I got the chance, I wanted to give my all.

There was no respite for New Zealand batters as India kept Chipping way with the wickets.

The pacers' disciplined bowling ensured that the pressure started to build very early and Katey Martin became the first victim of spin, failing to clear midwicket off Deepti in the 11th over.

In the ongoing Tournament, the seventh ODI against New Zealand for India, Rajeshwari Gayakwad's five-wicket haul was crucial in India's 186-run win over New Zealand to reach the ICC Women's World Cup semi-finals.