ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Yuvraj Singh Calls India’s Performance ‘Inspirational’
Riding on a brilliant century from captain Mithali Raj (109) and spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s five-wicket haul, Indian women entered the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
Riding on a brilliant century from captain Mithali Raj (109) and left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s five-wicket haul, Indian women’s cricket team put on a scintillating show on Saturday, steamrolling New Zealand by 186 runs to enter the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. Accolades Poured from all quarters for Mithali Raj and Co. after they thrashed New Zealand in the do-or-die final group match. But, there was one congratulatory message that won billion of hearts. India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh took to micro-blogging site Twitter to wish the Indian women’s team on its victory, saying “Really well done , Inspirational performances!”.
Chasing a challenging score of 266, New Zealand crumbled under pressure and failed to offer any kind of resistance as Rajeshwari, playing her first match of the tournament, spun a web to skittle them out for a meagre 79. Rajeshwari was well assisted by off-spinner Deepti Sharma (2/26) while veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey and Poonam Yadav took one wicket apiece. Batting first, the foundation was well laid by skipper Mithali (109 off 123 balls, 11×4) who helped resurrect India’s innings with two century stands — first a 132-run third wicket partnership with Harmanpreet Kaur (60 off 90) and then joined forces with Veda Krishnamurthy (70 off 45) to add 108 runs for the fifth wicket.