Vinod Rai, Chairman of CoA, said: "I want to extend my heartiest congratulations to Team India (Women's) on staging a remarkable comeback in the ICC World Cup". Then after Harmanpreet and Deepti had left in quick succession, Krishnamurthy and Mithali added a crucial 108 runs for the fifth wicket to put India in a position of strength.
New Zealand Women (Playing XI): Suzie Bates (c), Rachel Priest (w), Amy Satterthwaite, Katey Martin, Sophie Devine, Katie Perkins, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu, Leigh Kasperek. Aware of the fact that this was a must-win match, Mithali Raj put her head down and stabilised the conditions for her team.
After February 7, 2017, she has scored 7 consecutive fifties in one-day internationals which are greatest ever in women cricket. A special mention to Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy and Rajeshwari Gayakwad for displaying scintillating performances in a crunch game.
The White Ferns have a well-balanced unit, with experienced players like Bates, Amy Satterthwaite and Rachel Priest, the unsafe Sophie Devine - who scored a record nine sixes in an innings, and rising stars like 16-year-old spin sensation Amelia Kerr and Hannah Rowe, who have all shown their huge potential in the tournament so far. Against Australia when she went at a strike rate of just over 60 runs per 100 balls, it was not because of want of ability to score quickly but because the situation demanded so.
The India vs New Zealand match is set to be played at the County Ground, Derby. However, she was blamed by many because of her strike rate which led to a lowly score against the mighty Australian batting lineup who chased down the total without breaking a sweat and won by 8 wickets and 29 balls to spare. But Veda had other plans.
Team India are likely to face Australia in their semi-final clash. Poor start for India as Punam Raut got out cheaply.
She has already hit three half centuries and a 46 not out, besides today's ton, from the seven matches she has played so far.
"I am extremely happy because for a couple of us, this is going to be the last World Cup".