33rd over: India 160-3 (Kaur 78, Sharma 17) Gorgeous from Kaur. Beams has no real place on the ball yet somehow Kaur square drives her through cover point for four. She’s playing for Surrey Stars in the Kia Super League, by the way. Go see her if you’ve got any sense.
32nd over: India 152-3 (Kaur 72, Sharma 15) Now Double J is taken downtown by Harmanpreet Kaur, who finds a gap between midwicket and wide longon (fielders in both positions, fyi. Class shot). Has she got another? Yes she has. Good work on the third man fence isn’t good enough. Awful shot from Kaur – hacked edge squirting awa. But they all count. That last 52 has come up in 45 balls, by the way.
Well done to all involved for this, by the way
31st over: India 142-3 (Kaur 63, Sharma 14)
Interesting turn of events… now the seamers are getting some tap. Well, singular: Perry. A few wides to Kaur – the left-right combination putting the bowlers off enough – then sees Perry dig one short which the right-hander larrups around the corner for four.
30th over: India 132-3 (Kaur 57, Sharma 12) Garnder picks up after drinks and his swept around the corner for her troubles. Straying a bit onto the pads but it’s still an excellent shot from Sharma, who moves to double figures.
29th over: India 126-3 (Kaur 56, Sharma 7) Spin is getting knocked about so Perry comes into the attack for her first bowl from the City End. Still, these two are hustling well to pinch six off the over with a well run two at the end.
28th over: India 120-3 (Kaur 54, Sharma 3) Just getting a bit ragged out there for Australia. India starting to put a bit back on them. Deepti Sharma, 19, precocious, gun – won’t wait around. Five skittish singles off the over.
HARMANPREET MOVES TO HER 10TH ODI FIFTY
27th over: India 115-3 (Kaur 51, Sharma 1) What a couple of deliveries. Beams bowls the worst ball known to humankind – out of her hand and over the head of first slip. No ball called and the free hit is slapped high and gorgeous over midwicket. Then, a square four takes Kaur to fifty off 64 balls. Safe to say the move to number four has worked:
26th over: India 102-3 (Kaur 40, Sharma 0) Ashleigh Gardner runs through an over for just one as Kaur profits off a misfield at point.
25th over: India 101-3 (Kaur 39) The 100 is up but it’s not convincing and, perhaps, should have led to Raj’s demise. She pierced the hands of midwicket for the two that took them to three figures. No matter, Beamsly does it.
WICKET! Raj b Beams 36 (India 101-3)
Beams gets her woman! Googly? Perhaps. Certainly seemed to give Mithali Raj the impression she could cut just before it pitched. Instead, she gives it room to hit middle and off, which it does.
24th over: India 96-2 (Raj 33, Kaur 37) Gardner replaces Jonassen, though that might be for a cheeky change of ends as I reckon they’ll give Schutt a blow and bring back JJ, perhaps. Three taken.
23rd over: India 93-2 (Raj 32, Kaur 36) Real good from Kaur, who picks up her third boundary in as many overs with a ramp over her and the keeper off the returning Megan Schutt. Looks in the mood today, does Harmanpreet. Good afternoon to Peter Salmon: “Great to see that Raj has not only read the Hussain book, but absorbed it. Out for about 30 off 83 balls?” In that territory now, Peter. That being said, a single takes her ahead of Beaumont.
22nd over: India 85-2 (Raj 31, Kaur 30) Fifty partnership up in this over off 75 balls between these two. Raj also draws level with Tammy Beaumont as the tournament’s leading run-getter.
21st over: India 77-2 (Raj 29, Kaur 24) Suns out and, finally, the boundaries are too. We had to wait 45 balls for this four, smoked through midwicket with a slog sweep by Raj.
20th over: India 70-2 (Raj 28, Kaur 19) Jess Jonassen replaces Perry. Don’t mind this. Mix up the bowlers. Don’t ket the batsmen think they’ve got someone’s number. Only irritating thing is the constant changes in the field. Lanning doesn’t really seem to know what she wants. Might be worth getting a slip in for the sake of it?
19th over: India 65-2 (Raj 25, Kaur 17) Good from Beams. Tentative from Kaur and Raj. It’s almost like they don’t trust the pitch which is actually playing pretty well. Might also be Beams’ gurn as she bowls. Could be quite off-putting.
18th over: India 63-2 (Raj 24, Kaur 16) Four singles to Perry is a better way to go about things. Both batsmen pick up two, as Perry serves up a few cutters to keep them guessing.
17th over: India 59-2 (Raj 22, Kaur 14) Beams equally as frugal. Just two from the over as both bats can’t decide how they want to play her. Probably could try and get her around the corner a bit more.
16th over: India 57-2 (Raj 21, Kaur 13) Perry back into the attack from the Racecourse End, hitting the bat hard. Kaur hitting the ball equally as forceful. Both times straight back at the bowler, both times stopped. Neat battle unfolding…
15th over: India 55-2 (Raj 20, Kaur 12) Over before the drinks break we’re treated to a bit of Kristen Beams. Three from the over, even with a full toss thrown in there. Dangerous delivery from leggies this World Cup.
14th over: India 52-2 (Raj 18, Kaur 11) Tidy from Gardner. Yet to concede a boundary and two overs worth of dots in her first three overs.
13th over: India 49-2 (Raj 16, Kaur 10) That’s the Harmanpreet Kaur we’ve heard about. Clean hitter, down the ground we heard – clean hits through cover and straight we see. Quality.
12th over: India 41-2 (Raj 16, Kaur 2) Gardner carrying on, three on the off side, hefty whack on leg. Single apiece. They do this, India. Strokemakers for days but do shut-up shop for no real reason. This isn’t a bad start.
11th over: India 39-2 (Raj 19, Kaur 1) Megan Schutt back on from the City End, ball still shaping but she’s got a bit more control on it. Kaur dots out after being given the strike by Raj.
10th over: India 36-2 (Raj 13, Kaur 0) A few in this box thought Garnder should have bowled ahead of Jonassen (knowledgeabe sorts here today). That’s a very tidy opening from her, not to mention the wicket with the second ball. Raj pinches the strike off the final ball.
WICKET! Raut c Mooney b Gardner 14 (India 35-2)
I mean, it’s a cracking shot. Ashleigh Gardner’s right arm offie is met with a skip and a thwack over the top of midwicket. The trouble is, there’s a fielder out there. Literally right there. A simple catch and Raut’s gone.
9th over: India 35-1 (Raut 14, Raj 12) Jonassen bowls a few darts, so Raj just treats her like a medium pacer. Uses her feet, down to the pitch, over the top of the bowler, for four runs. That’s the first Power Play done. Solid one from India, albeit for the loss of a gun. 39 dots in those 54 balls, by the way. Three wides, too.
8th over: India 30-1 (Raut 13, Raj 8) The floodlights are on as it’s got a bit dark here:
Raj’s first boundary is a beaut, punishing Perry for going at her and driving inside mid on for four.
7th over: India 23-1 (Raut 11, Raj 3) Schutt shot out of the attack and Jess JonassIN. The left-arm spinner as nine victims this World Cup and she fancies getting to double figures in this over as Alex Blackwell – elder stateswoman – puts on the helmet and comes into short cover. “Oldest Australian close-catcher since Chris Rogers?” askes more knowing voice.
6th over: India 21-1 (Raut 10, Raj 3) Very good from Perry, who has rediscovered her bowling touch at the perfect time. Wonder if she fancies the slope at Lord’s on Sunday? Pav End, skip. Meanwhile, this is excellent (context: Raj reckons she’d have a few more runs at a quicker lick if she had more proactive teammates around her):
5th over: India 21-1 (Raut 10, Raj 3) Schutt strays – short and angling down the leg side – and Raut helps her around the corner for four. Over-correction on the next delivery gives a wide on the off-side. When she’s able to bring her line in a bit, Raut sees out the over with a dab inside third man for four. “Wishing MITHALI Raj and the entire team unprecedented success today,” writes Kiran Mavani from Ahmedabad. Thanks for reading in, Kiran. Wouldn’t mind nothing but Raj drives for the next two hours.
4th over: India 12-1 (Raut 2, Raj 3) A fine bumper from Perry is followed bythe first runs in 12 balls as Mithali Raj drives through backward point for a couple. Could have been a couple more had the fileder at third man not whisked her way around and put in the dive. So does Raut, too, when she tips and runs to Meg Lanning at mid off. Lanning’s shoulder means she’s been underarming for the last two years (ish) and this under-arm is comically high over the stumps.
3rd over: India 8-1 (Raut 1, Raj) Really harsh wide against Megan Schutt, who serves up an away swinger to complement her regular innies. Seen a few of those this World Cup, notably in the South Africa-England semi-final against Marizanne Kapp. Well inside the lines, was Kappie. Would have meant five needed from the final over instead of the three England were asked. Still would have won with Shrubsole’s ping through the covers for four, mind.
2nd over: India 7-1 (Raut 1, Raj 0) Very tidy start from Perry, who a press box colleague informs me is opening the bowling for only the second time this World Cup. Good pace, better carry and just one run from the over as Raut nabs a single via an inside edge to midwicket. Mithali Raj, champion superstar, defends out.
1st over: India 6-1 (Raut 0) Megan Schutt with the new ball, Smriti Mandhana to face, with more covers in place than a post hotel bed. And it’s one of those four that ends up taking the catch. An uppish drive started us off, through extra cover for four. Then a stop at point was botched allowed two runs. Relative incompetence all round, to be fair.
WICKET! Mandhana c Villani b Schutt 6 (India 6-1)
Oh Smriti, that’s not pretty. In fact, it’s pretty rancid. Schutt’s swinging the ball away from the left-hander but that doesn’t really matter here: Mandhana’s trying to play this over midwicket and then gets caught in two minds and skews it high to cover. Junk shot, big wicket.
Players on the way out. Adam Collins Tweet bunged in here simply for the use of “flogging”.
FYI: 42 overs breaks down into nine overs of Power Play up top and then a four-over batting Power Play to come.
India win the toss and bat!
It’s 42-a-side (overs, not players – this isn’t a madhouse) and we get underway at 1345. Australia are unchanged from their match against India back in the group stages, which means Meg Lanning plays. Shoulder still attached. Let’s take a moment of reflection for the undroppable Elyse Villani.
Australia: B Mooney, N Bolton, M Lanning, E Perry, E Villani, A Blackwell, A Healy, A Gardner, J Jonassen, M Schutt, K Beams
India: S Mandhana, P Raut, M Raj, H Kaur, D Sharma, V Krishnamurthy, S Verma, J Goswami, S Pandey, R Gayakwad, P Yadav
42 overs a side to start at 1345 (to be confirmed)
Bit of sun out, too. Absolute hashtagscenes.
INSPECTION MOVED FORWARD TO 1315…
So the sun is out and the the overs are off. The soppers are doing the business, so much so…
In other news, have a look at this England squad…
Still no room for Mark Stoneman. How?!
Inspection at 1345
Yeah, really. I mean, it makes sene – this ground takes time to dry and there is a lot of surface water to remove. Plus, we can toss 15-minutes before play actually gets underway.
To reiterate, we can get a 20-over game in at 16:38 the latest.
In lieu of any cricket, allow me to be a bit self-indulgent.
Now, one of the very few downsides of this job is the Saturdays. Or lack of. It means my club cricket career has died on its backside. Just as I was learning to love. Anyway, it now means I live vicariously through my club’s Facebook page and WhatsApp group. I also find myself falling down YouTube wormholes of club cricketers netting and the odd side-on camera of some 70mph chancer gunning for a Northants gig. Then I came across Isfield Cricket Club. I want to say it’s their 3rd XI based on the chat. Basically, their keeper straps on a GoPro and puts the best bits online. Do as I do and get sucked in:
For those of you that aren’t familiar with Raf Nicholson’s work, I’d suggest following her on Twitter, especially if you want to brush up on all things women’s cricket. We call her the Oracle. She’s also an accomplished basoonist.
As well as writing for a range of outlets, she runs CRICKETher, a one-stop shop for her output. In this piece, she quantifies just how big a deal a sold-out Lord’s is for the Women’s World Cup final.
Strong tweet, this. Make it happen, weather…
The elements around that knock are really quite something when you look back on them. Agnew panning Nasser’s ODI record (rightly so, probably). There’s fascinating insight in his book about that period, not least the levels of doubt he was experiencing as his career came to an end. He’d wake up in the middle of the night and fiddle with his grip. Shadow batting relentlessly in his hotel room. Mithali’s got the right idea – go get it. Or watch this:
Unchartered areas: Nasser has good bant.
“This match will do well to rival Tuesday’s thriller,” writes Stephen Cooper. You’re telling me. I think I’ve just about recovered. I made the cardinal sin of welping when Jenny Gunn hit a shot through midwicket. Can’t be cheering in a press box. I need to undergo some form of penance. Maybe I’ll stay in Derby for another couple of nights (I jest, it’s been good to me on this trip). “I’m looking to India to raise their game today to match the occasion, and hopefully beat the Aussies…”
We’ve got a bit of an update by the way. Stick with me:
– The latest we can get a Twent20 game in is t 16:38.
– Whatever play is agreed upon (and started) is continued tomorrow if the rains return and wash out the rest of the day
– However, if play is agreed – say, 34-overs-a-side – but not a ball is bowled, we’d return tomorrow for the full 50.
– ITK: This ground takes two hours to dry. And it’s still raining.
Good morning from a very soggy Derby. There’s good news and bad news.
The good news is that we won’t necessarily need this reserve day tomorrow. The bad news is that not only is it still raining, no one has a clue what the exactly’s going on. We’ve been informed of three different sets of regulations, each slightly more nuanced than the last. It’s been a bit odd. The ground itself is very soggy. There are puddles, mushy bits and some mud pools that look like they’d do wonders for your skin.
If you’ve read Adam’s preview, you’ll know the score. Australia, favourites, in disarray with the dicky shoulder of Emperor Lanning. India, led by Chez Raj, destined for revolution but with less firepower but some of the craftiest players in the game. Should be a doozy. If, you know, we get a sudden heatwave that last a solid three hours and dries up this mess:
Vish will be here shortly. In the meantime you can read Adam Collins’s preview of the second semi-final …