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AUCKLAND: India on Saturday got here tantalisingly near breaking Australia’s unbeaten run within the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup earlier than falling quick and younger batter Yastika Bhatia mentioned had they picked up some early wickets, the top outcome may have been totally different.
India’s path to the semifinals bought lots more durable after they misplaced by six wickets to Australia, their third defeat within the showpiece, because the Meg Lanning-led facet turned the primary staff to qualify for the final 4 stage with a file chase within the event’s historical past.
Half-centuries from skipper Mithali Raj (68 off 96 balls), Yastika (59 off 83) and Harmanpreet Kaur (57 not out off 47) steered India to 277 for seven, however Australia rode on openers Alyssa Healy (72 off 65), Rachael Haynes (43 off 52) and Lanning’s (97 off 107) knocks to cruise to their fifth win in as many video games.
“They (Australia) have been playing superb ricket, everyone in their team takes responsibility,” left-handed Yastika mentioned within the post-match media interplay.
“It was Meg Lanning (97) who just took it on herself to take the team over the line. Her intent quite clear from the beginning, though she got out. Still, we came pretty close, it could have gone either way, we could have crossed the line.”
India, runners-up in 2017 version, had eradicated Australia en path to the ultimate.
And Yastika mentioned regardless of their ominous kind, Australia are a beatable facet.
“It’s nothing like they can’t be beaten. We can do it for sure. Our team is really good, we can do it in the semis or finals,” the 21-year-old mentioned.
“I think it was a defendable total. Credit to the Aussie batters the way they started. Healy and Hyanes started aggressively.
“We would have favored to take extra wickets within the energy play however they performed rather well. That (early wickets) would have turned the sport however they performed rather well,” she added.
The Mithali Raj-led India now have a tough task at hand as they must win their remaining two matches against South Africa and Bangladesh to keep their semifinal hopes alive.
Against Australia, India missed a sixth bowler as they opted for Shafali Verma in place of Deepti Sharma.
India also did not use the part-time off spin of Harmanpreet on Saturday.
“She’s (Harmanpreet) bowling within the nets. We had it in our thoughts that we can use her within the center overs however I do not know what the captain had in her thoughts. But she is going to bowl for certain in our future matches,” Yastika said.
India will next face Bangladesh at Hamilton on Tuesday, before taking on South Africa in their concluding league match on March 27.

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