Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy shined with the willow for Australia during their thrilling six wickets win over India in the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup on Saturday.

The Aussies successfully chased down the massive target of 288 runs and smashed their own record of the highest successful chase in Women’s World Cup fixtures. Previously, Australia had completed a chase of 258 against Sri Lanka in 2017.

Australian captain Lanning led from the front and played a splendid knock of 97 (107) with the help of 13 boundaries. Similarly, opener Healy contributed with 72 runs from 65 deliveries, including nine fours.

With the fifth straight win in the competition, Australia have now qualified for the semi-final of the ongoing multi-team tournament.

Earlier, fighting knocks from captain Mithali Raj, batter Yastika Bhatia and power-striker Harmanpreet Kaur helped India in posting 277/7 on the board in their allotted 50 overs. Indian skipper Mithali scored 68 while Yastika made 59. Likewise, Harmanpreet went on to smash an unbeaten 57. Down the order, Pooja Vastrakar chipped in with a quickfire 34 to take India to a competitive total.

For the Aussies, Darcie Brown was the pick of the bowlers, taking a three-wicket haul for 30 runs in eight overs. Similarly, Alana King bagged two scalps for 52 runs in her quota of 10 overs.

“I think it was good to contribute personally, disappointing to miss out on scores in the last couple of games, but I have trained hard at the nets. It (the ball) came on nicely, not much turn, and you could play your shots on this surface. We have different game plans (on batting with Ellyse Perry), she’s very calm, it’s nice to have someone who’s very comfortable at her game. I just had to trust my hands and play through the line of the ball (on her drives),” said Lanning after the match.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

PHEW! 🥲 Beth Mooney goes bang bang and the Aussies survive a thriller against India to lock in a semi-final spot at the #CWC22 🎉

Scorecard: #CWC22

— Australian Women’s Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) March 19, 2022

Mooney gets the girls home! A record run chase by the Aussies. India did great to pile on the runs late in the piece after some early wobbles, but the Aussies held on under pressure. What a match! #CWC22 #INDvAUS

— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) March 19, 2022

A valiant effort by @M_Raj03 @ImHarmanpreet and @YastikaBhatia with the bat today. It wasn’t the result we wanted, but onto the next game now 💪 #IndWvAusW #CWC22

— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 19, 2022

With 10 points on the board, Australia have officially sealed a spot in the #CWC22 semi-finals 🌟

— ICC (@ICC) March 19, 2022

The game went till the final over! #TeamIndia fought hard right till the end but Australia 🇦🇺 clinch a 6-wicket victory

India will look to bounce back in the remaining two matches 💪#CWC22 | #INDvAUS

— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 19, 2022

Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry batted just 27 innings to share 2000 partnership runs in Women’s ODIs, clearly the fastest by any pair.#CWC22 #INDvAUS

— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) March 19, 2022

This World Cup has been crazy! My heart can’t take these close finishes! 😂 #CWC22 #indvaus

— Tammy Beaumont (@Tammy_Beaumont) March 19, 2022

If a side wins by 6 wkts chasing a target of 278, shake their hands and congratulate them. Nothing much left to do!#CWC22#AUSvIND#CricketTwitter

— WV Raman (@wvraman) March 19, 2022

Most century partnerships in women’s ODIs:

10 – Belinda Clark, Lisa Keightley 🇦🇺
9 – Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite 🇳🇿
9 – Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry 🇦🇺

Lanning and Perry currently average 101.10 when batting together in ODI cricket.#CWC22

— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) March 19, 2022

Fair play to Meg Lanning & Aus. Outstanding with the bat. Wasn’t even close in the end. #INDvAUS #INDvsAUS #CWC22 🇮🇳🇦🇺🏏

— Nikesh Rughani (@NikeshRughani) March 19, 2022

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