Rajeshwari Gaekwad, another left-arm spinner replaced her with aplomb with a dream World Cup debut with a five-wicket haul against the Kiwis. However, then again they had the Aussies standing in the way to dash their title aspirations.
India were outplayed by a rampant Japan, who scored from two of the 12 penalty corners they earned during the game.
"Every side's unsafe. We know that they have a few match-winners in their side, and you saw with a couple of the innings from their batters during that game against New Zealand", Jonassen said.
Harmanpreet Kaur took the Australian bowlers to the cleaners despite India losing Mandhana and Raut early on.
Mithali Raj called Derby as "home ground" for India as India have won all their group stage matches there, including the opener against hosts and eventual finalists England. "If they bat first, Australia might just run away with the game", feared Edulji.
In contrast, India's batting has not really fired on a consistent basis. She joins Belinda Clark, Deepti Sharma, Chamara Athapaththui, Charlotte Edwards to score more than 150 runs in an innings in ODI cricket. Indian bowlers bowled out the whole team of New Zealand and Pakistan inside 80-runs.
Harmanpreet kaur made her debut in 2009 and has been an integral and important part of the Indian Woen's Cricket Team for a decade now. Goswami, who has so far taken 190 wickets in ODIs, has struggled for consistency and her side will definitely look up to her in the crucial game.
However, the semifinal of any tournament is a different ball game altogether, it makes or breaks careers.
Where is the India Women vs Australia Women match going to be played? But with that has also come added pressure, something most players in the side are facing on such a scale for the first time. Mithali said, "We have experience of playing four matches here, and we will play with the intention of defeating Australia". "A few players have impressed me very much with their performance during this tournament".
England will head into the final on Sunday out to win what will be the most-watched Women's World Cup ever.
Australia have lost the toss and will bowl first in their Women's World Cup semi-final against India in Derby. 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. "We can't afford to be off our game", said Bolton.