Australia thrash India by 8 wickets

Captain Meg Lanning speaks after Australia's loss to host nation England at the Women's Cricket World Cup

The highlight of the Indian innings was Mithali surpassing former England captain Charlotte Edwards aggregate of 5992 runs to become the highest run-getter in the history of womens ODI.

Australia skipper Meg Lanning believes her players will rise above the pressure, ahead of Wednesday's crunch Cricket World Cup clash with India at Bristol. In 1999, she burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old with a hundred on debut against Ireland at Milton Keynes, an innings that still makes her the youngest ever ODI centurion.

Australia are at the second spot in the points table right now and the focus, Lanning says, is on the last match against South Africa. India needs to win at;east one out of the two matches against Australi and New Zealand to go through to the semi-finals.

Virender Sehwag who is usually too quick to tweet about anything took his time to congratulate Indian Women skipper Mithali Raj for becoming the highest run scorer in ODIs on June 12.

While Lanning wasn't fazed by the lost opportunity, the 25-year-old will likely break just about every other run-scoring record in the book if she continues scoring at the rate she has since making her worldwide debuting in 2010.

It is a view shared by Sudha Shah, who has played 59 Tests for India.

On the other side, the Indian team had a disappointing start they lose Smriti Mandhana for three, her ball caught by the wicket keeper behind the stumps. Raut brought up her century with a single to the leg side, celebrating with a leap halfway through her run, and Harmanpreet Kaur got down on one knee to smash a six over mid-wicket. India lost by eight wickets. Beth Mooney (45) and Nicole Bolton (36) earlier gave the much needed start for the Australian team. Dane van Niekerk continues to destroy with the ball, taking her third four-for this tournament with figures of 4-24. For the Aussies, Ellyse Perry and Megan Schutt bagged two wickets each for 37 and 52 runs respectively. Along with Australia, hosts England and South Africa have booked their place in the last four.



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