Women’s World Cup: Pooja Vastrakar’s diving catch kept Meg Lanning out of her ton.© Instagram
Despite a narrow defeat, Pooja Vastrakar was in stellar form for India in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup match against Australia on Saturday, in Auckland. Vastrakar recorded 34 runs from 28 balls and also bagged two wickets in 10 overs. Despite their individual performances, India went on to lose by six wickets when Australia became the first team to qualify for the semi -finals of the tournament. In addition to his bowling and batting figure, Vastrakar also showcased his fielding skills with an excellent diving catch to overtake Meg Lanning during the Australian round. Lanning, 97, directed a full pass towards Vastrakar at the time, who dived to his right to complete a great catch. Such was the brilliance of the catch, the reviewer exclaimed, “What a catch! What an amazing catch!”
Here is a video of Vastrakar’s capture:
Australia managed to chase the target of 278 runs, with Meg Lanning shooting 97 of 107 balls. Meanwhile, Alyssa Healy hammered 72 of 65 passes.
Rachael Haynes also recorded 43 runs from 53 balls with Australia reaching 280 for four, with three passes remaining.
Initially, India recorded 277 for seven in 50 overs with Mithali Raj, Yastika Bhatia and Harmanpreet Kaur racking up half a century.
Mithali Raj shot 68 runs from 96 balls and Bhatia added 59 runs from 83 passes to the scoreboard.
Meanwhile, Harmanpreet Kaur made an unbeaten run of 57 runs from 47 balls.
After the defeat, India was in fourth place with two wins and three defeats.
Meanwhile, the win also helped Australia break the record for the highest winning chase run in Women’s World Cup history, surpassing what they did against Sri Lanka in the 2017 edition of the tournament.
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