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Harmanpreet Kaur’s 171* helped India defeat Australia and set up a final with England at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup

Both the openers departed after the tenth over.

Knight also fell to that shot - the England captain initially given not out lbw but departing on review with Hawk-Eye showing that Poonam Yadav's ball, which pitched outside off stump, would have spun and hit middle.

The highlight of the lanky Bengali's outing was the back-to-back dismissals of Sarah Taylor and Fran Wilson, which pegged England back. Although Tammy Beaumont and Laura Winfield could not get dominate Jhulan Goswami's good length, Shikha Pandey's fuller deliveries helped them get off the mark. However, Jhulan nearly had Winfield out, when she appealed for an LBW.

"It's an absolute dream come true", she said.

"We don't play at Lord's that often but when I last played here, the slope wasn't really in my mind", said Raj.

India will be going into the game with the same XI who played against Australia.

India had played their only World Cup final in 2005.

England lost their opening match against a spirited Indian team. They've beaten teams such as Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia en route while specific members have gone on to make impressive records. India's win in the 1983 men's World Cup final at Lord's turned the country on to limited overs cricket and led the world's second-most populous nation to become the sport's financial powerhouse. But after the stupendous performance of India at the World Cup, Chamundi said that the Indian skipper deserves a much bigger auto for the way she has led the Indian team.

Throughout the tournament, India banked on individual performances such as centuries from Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, and a five-for by Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Thursday's Harmanpreet Kaur in the semi-final, to get them over the line.

He had special praise for Harmanpreet Kaur whose masterly innings in the match against australia had propelled India into the finals. After four consecutive wins, they suffered two reverses against South Africa and Australia.

There will be no turning back when the two captains walk for the toss at Lord's on Sunday, and it promises to be an evenly contested clash.

Followed by Raut, Sushma Verma (o), Veda Krishnamurthy (34) and Jhulan Goswami (0) lost their wickets in the next 10 runs and the entire Indian dugout was under pressure.

With the match already underway, the English women have got off to a brisk start 43 runs in nine overs with the loss of 0 wickets.

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