White Ferns knocked out of women's Cricket World Cup

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Mercurial Mithali Raj on Saturday hit her first hundred of the 2017 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in India's must-win final Group game against New Zealand at Derby.

India made 265 off their 50 overs while the White Ferns were all out for 79.

Accolades poured in from all quarters for Indian women's cricket team with acting BCCI president C K Khanna hailing the performance of Mithali Raj and Co.as they entered the semifinals of the ICC World Cup today. "I've always dreamt of getting runs for the country". One with Harmanpreet and the other with Veda. Because of that partnership we had a few more runs in the end. Her (Krishnamurthy's) 70 was as important as my 100. If you're aiming to be in the top 4 teams in the world, it is very important that you come back strong after a couple of defeats. If India lose the match, it will be the last ever World Cup match for captain and ODI record-holder Mihali Raj.

"You can't just give up because you lose one game", said Raj. We were doing so well, I was happy. In response, New Zealand got off to a shaky start, losing both its openers in quick succession.

Amy Satterthwaite trudges off after being dismissed.

The Indian hero was classy left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad, whose 5-15 in relatively unhelpful conditions tore the heart out of New Zealand's response. She has scored 6028 runs at an average of 51.52 in 164 innings.

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The 26-year-old finished with 5/15 in her 7.3 overs while Deepti Sharma picked two wickets.

This Women Cricket World Cup is also unforgettable for India as one of their players has achieved the honor of highest wicket taker in the history.

Prior to making her global debut, she was blazing a century in a T20 intermediate schools match, and opening the batting for the Tawa College Boys First XI in the Wellington Premier Youth Grade competition in Wellington, reflective of her no fear approach to cricket. India and New Zealand are in a do or die situation.

Mithali was appointed as the captain of the women's team in 2004 and since then she led the side in more than 100 WODIs. She was out in the penultimate delivery.

The Proteas ran through their batting line-up to notch up a 115-run win while defending champions Australia outplayed them in batting, bowling and fielding to claim an eight-wicket win.

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