Mithali Raj is key if India are to beat tournament favourites Australia

English skipper Heather Knight led by example

There are times when you want to take calculated risks, but 'What if you get out?' has always been in the back of my mind through my career. Harmanpreet Kaur mauled 171 off 115 balls - she was 41 off 60 before going on a brutal onslaught that would yield 131 off 55. But of those 21 hundreds, Raj has six alone. "She's a big game player and I'm sure we'll see that again this week".

The minimum number of overs required to constitute a match is 20, with the cut-off point for play to start at 4:38pm (1538 GMT). Before the semi-final, she had faced only 91 balls in five innings. "It is not just for a couple of players, but for the entire team", she pointed out. Raj and Jhulan Goswami have been Indian cricket for the longest time. It will boil down to how they use the significance of the occasion to their advantage, but even a loss against Australia can not take away from the wonderful journey they have had.

India's Mithali Raj and Australia's Meg Lanning.

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Early wickets swiftly followed though, with Smriti Mandhana (6) gifting a leading edge to cover off Megan Schutt (1-64) and fellow opener Punam Raut (14) holing out to cover off Ashleigh Gardner (1-43).

Blackwell also praised the bowling. "It is about attacking the 42 overs and we are ready to go", she said.

Gayakwad was left out of her side's first six matches, but delivered a match-winning spell of 5-15 to knock New Zealand out of the competition. "The other batters are in form now". Kaur was irate, tossing her bat and gloves to the ground as the review was sent upstairs to the TV umpire. India will also need to carefully deal with the veteran leg-spinner Kristen Beams, who returned with the prized scalp of Mithali in the league stage match. I think she's been great with the bat and very good with the ball as well.

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Perry is now the top ranked ODI all-rounder courtesy of her fifth straight 50 this World Cup at the weekend. While batting too, the Indian team has squandered many opportunities in past matches of the tournament by losing sight of the run rate and often batting too slow while trying to consolidate. No matter what the result of tomorrow's game, these girls will be more confident when they start playing the ICC Championship games.

India were outclassed in the group stages of the tournament as they were beaten by 8 wickets with 29 balls to spare. "Magic Mithali" would be nice, but "Incredible India" will have to do it. A key area for improvement in the Indian team is their fielding. Here, with her mix of young and old, overseas pros and raw talent, she can be in one of the best sides right now.

Securing a seventh World Cup crown has always been Australia's key motivation throughout this tournament, but the record $US660,000 ($834,000) on offer for the winning team would be a huge financial boost should they win given their income from CA will dry up after the competition. This might be her last significant moment.

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Kaur is also a part-time offspinner and she has 43 worldwide wickets till date. It's been 18 years; it's time.

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