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India boost hopes for Women’s World Cup semifinals

Sneh Rana from India celebrates with teammates. (Photo by Phil Walter/ICC via Getty Images)

India boosted their chances of reaching the semi-finals of the Women’s Cricket World Cup with a stunning win in 110 runs Bangladesh in Hamilton on Tuesday.

India set Bangladesh a target of 230 and then bowled them by 119 in 40.3 overs to keep their playoff hopes alive.

In Tuesday’s other game in Wellington, Meg Lanning hit an unbeaten 135 as Australia swept past South Africa’s 271-5.

This puts previously unbeaten South Africa in a duel for the other three semi-final places with India, the West Indies and England. Australia was already in the last four.

India decided to bat and seemed to cross with 74 without a loss in the 15th over when Smriti Mandhana was sacked for 30.

It sparked a mini collapse with India losing two wickets in consecutive balls without improving the score when Shafali Verma failed at 42 and Mithali Raj was caught for a duck in the first ball.

India went 165-5 into the last 10 overs and their goal-scoring momentum seemed to have faltered when Yastika Bhatia was sacked for 50.

But Pooja Vastrakar and Sneh Rana came together to create a useful 48-run streak that helped give India’s bowlers a respectable total to defend.

Bangladesh’s chase never ignited in the face of tight bowling from India, highlighted by four wickets for 30 from Rana.

There was some medium resistance from Salma Khatun, who made 32, and Lata Mondal, 24, but they never looked like they would stagger into India’s goal.

Short scores:

India 229-7 in 50 overs (Y. Bhatia 50, S. Verma 42, S. Mandhana 30; R. Moni 3-37, N. Akter 2-42)

Bangladesh 119 with 40.3 overs (S. Khatun 32, L. Mondal 24; S. Rana 4-30)

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India boost hopes for Women’s World Cup semifinals

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