Women’s World Cup: Pooja Vastrakar recorded six 81m in the match against Australia.© AFP
India lost to Australia in the ICC Women’s World Cup match at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday but there are many positive things to be taken for granted for the Mithali-Raj team. Australia completed the most successful hunt in Women’s World Cup history by revamping the 278 -run target with relative ease. During the Indian round, captains Mithali Raj and Yastika Bhatia hit badly for half a century while Harmanpreet Kaur and Pooja Vastrakar provided late fireworks to take India to 277 for seven in 50 overs. Vastrakar shot 34 of just 28 balls, a great hit including 81 yards six – the biggest in the 2022 Women’s World Cup to date.
In the 49th lap of the Indian lap, Vastrakar defeated Australian rider Megan Schutt over the old boundary for the big six to bring about a 50-run partnership with Harmanpreet.
Six 81m surpassed the previous best – 80m six by Chloe Tyron and Smriti Mandhana.
Tyron’s 80m six shot came for South Africa against Bangladesh in Dunedin, while Mandhana’s great shot was when against the West Indies in Hamilton.
The fourth longest shot in the 2022 tournament belonged to Nida Dar of Pakistan (opposite South Africa in Tauranga) while 77m from West India Hayley Matthews six when against England in Dunedin completed the top five.
On Saturday, Harmanpreet and the late Vastrakar boomed helping India record competitive numbers. But it wasn’t enough as Australia chased the target with three balls remaining.
Alyssa Healy (72) and Rachael Haynes (43) set the stage for Australia with a partnership of 121 runs for the opening wicket. Captain Meg Lanning took over to put the Aussies on the brink.
India, however, pushed Lanning at 97 to set the cat among the pigeons. Australia still need 8 runs in the final but Beth Mooney remains eager to complete the task and book her side’s place into the semi -finals.
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