Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison for Australian women’s team’s outstanding performance in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.
The Australian women’s team on Saturday reached the semifinals of the ongoing World Cup, beating India by six wickets in Auckland.
“Australia have beaten India. Congratulations for that. But there are still matches remaining. So, my good wishes to both sides,” said PM Modi during his virtual summit with PM Morrison.
The two statesmen held the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) virtual meeting on Monday.
Australia women’s team is currently standing on top of the points table with 10 points in 5 matches, while India, placed 4th, are still contention for a spot in the semifinals. Mithali Raj-led India won two matches and lost three.
But the Indian girls will face tough competition from fifth placed England and sixth placed New Zealand.
India will next play Bangladesh on Tuesday and South Africa on March 27.
On Saturday, the Australian women’s team chased down a massive 278-run target to register their highest successful chase in the ICC Women’s World Cup. During the Indian innings, captain Mithali Raj and Yastika Bhatia hit gritty half-centuries while Harmanpreet Kaur and Pooja Vastrakar provided the late fireworks to take India to 277 for seven in 50 overs
Harmanpreet and Vastrakar’s helped India post a competitive total. But it wasn’t enough as Australia chased down the target with three balls to spare.
In reply, Alyssa Healy (72) and Rachael Haynes (43) provided Australia with a solid start, building a 121-run partnership for the opening wicket. Captain Meg Lanning took over to put the Aussies on the brink.
India, however, dismissed Lanning on 97 to set the cat among the pigeons. Australia were left needing 8 runs off the final over but Beth Mooney kept her nerves to get the job done and book her team’s place in the semis.
India earlier defeated Pakistan and West Indies in two successive matches.