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Confident India eager to upset Australia in last 4

Confident India eager to upset Australia in last 4
Odds are stacked heavily against them but a confident India will aim to turn the tables when they take on six-time champions Australia in the second semi- final of the ICC Women's World Cup, here on Thursday.
India have a poor record against Australia, having lost 34 out of 42 games the two teams have played so far.
But come Thursday, the Mithali Raj-led Indian team will be aiming to end the losing streak against Australia.
A win on Thursday will ensure India's entry into the summit clash at Lord's only for the second time in the history of the tournament.
India played the final of the World Cup only once in 2005 edition in South Africa, where they lost to Australia.
While India have finished the round-robin stage in the third spot with five wins and two losses, Australia have finished second with six wins out of seven games.
The match will be played at The County Ground here, a ground boasting plenty of familiarity for India having played four of its group games here that included its last must-win clash against New Zealand to reach the semi-finals.
Australia, on the other hand, are yet to play at the ground —though they have continued
to impress.
"I think this is our home ground and we have played four games here and I think that is why the girls feel at home," India skipper Mithali had said.
The match will also provide the Indians a chance to avenge their morale-shattering eight-wicket loss to Australia in the round-robin stage just a week ago in Bristol.
But it would be easier said than done. To upset Australia the Indians will have to excel in all departments of the game.
Mithali, who played an uncharacteristic knock against Australia in the round robin stage, will be desperate to make amends while Punam Raut would be aiming to repeat her century feat against the
Southern Stars.
In the high-pressure game against New Zealand, Mithali scored a great hundred under pressure, while Veda Krishnamurthy scored 70 off 40-odd balls to set a good score on
the board.
The Indian bowlers then shot out New Zealand for meagre 79 to register a morale-boosting huge 186-run win.
Besides Mithali and Krishnamurthy, Harmanpreet Kaur also contributed with a half-century. But the form of opener Smriti Mandhana, who looked in good touch at the start of the tournament would be a cause of concern for the
Indian camp. Agencies


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