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WWC 17: India takes the Harman-way to World Cup final

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On Sunday, Mithali Raj will get to walk through the same room and out on the field as India's captain. While the Heather Knight's side has been a pre-tournament favourites, India have upped their game and how to reach the finals and now are in touching distance to clinch their maiden World Cup title. But well, here we are.

"We had two losses against South Africa and Australia in the league games".

"We are confident going into the final", she says.

Kaur took on the role of aggressor as she and Raj made steady progress, before leg-spinner Kristen Beams bowled Raj for 36 having been dropped the previous delivery. "I would be happy to have more fast bowlers in the tournament".

"We've known that the final has been at Lord's for a long time now and you try not to think about it too much, but it's been at the forefront of our minds", she said.

But if the team has come this far, it has been because India are no longer a team that depends exclusively on these two. A team that stood up when the chips were down.

Wishes are poured to Women's Cricket team from all over the country. "It's a great victory for the India women's cricket team and for women's cricket in India", former team captain Diana Eduljee told NDTV.

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So does he. "I actually feel really positive", he said. "Made some comments that I probably shouldn't have made". While that may have been a struggle for us Yanks, though, it turned out to be a solid draw for the former World.

Should we be surprised though? They defeated South Africa's 218 comfortably in the semi-final. The fielding has been more consistent than teams of the past, the testament to improved fitness levels, although there is still room for improvement.

Lord's has a history Indians cherish till date, it was Kapil Dev who brought home our first cricketing glory in 1983 bowling out a dominant West Indies 44 runs short of the final target at this same legendary ground. The record is better still in the last two years, with 23 wins out of 28 matches. However, Indian fans will feel better knowing that their team had beaten England in the opening game. The team turned it around in style, winning the series 3-2. Their yesterday's win against Australia was a marvelous win. After 28 years of eager wait world cup was back in the subcontinent in 2011.

Led by Mithali Raj, the Indian team stormed into the final after beating strong Australia.

Sydney Thunder batter and semi-final Player of the Match Harmanpreet Kaur played in the second season in the WBBL, and looms as a key to India's success against England, but suffered a shoulder setback during their final training session at Lord's.

It's the only defeat Knight's side have tasted in a campaign that has seen them reel off seven successive wins including a three-run nailbiter against Meg Lanning's defending champions. An interesting piece of trivia is that it has actually been around since before the men's World Cup.

"Over the past few years, I have seen character in this team".

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