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Women's World Cup: Mithali Raj steers India into semi-finals

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Amy Satterthwaite being the long walk back to the pavilion after being bowled by India's Rajeshwari Gayakwad. © Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough Amy Satterthwaite being the long walk back to the pavilion after being bowled by India's Rajeshwari Gayakwad.

India skipper Mithali Raj scored her sixth ODI century to steer her side into the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup at New Zealand's expense.

Raj - who topped ex-England captain Charlotte Edwards as the leading run scorer in Women's ODIs while making 69 against Australia on Wednesday - guided India to 265-7 in their winner-takes-all encounter with the White Ferns before New Zealand were bundled out for 79 to lose by 186 runs.

Raj (109) shared century stands with Veda Krishnamurthy (70) and Harmanpreet Kaur (70) in Derby and fell just five runs short of her career-best ODI total, the 114 not out she posted on debut against Ireland in 1999.

Getty © Provided by BSkyB Getty The 34-year-old's exit in the final over, holing out to deep midwicket off the bowling of Leigh Kasperek (3-45), ensured she was dismissed for the first time in the hundreds in ODIs, having remained not out the previous five times she had passed three figures.

New Zealand's reply started terribly with captain Suzie Bates (1) and opening partner Rachel Priest (5) dismissed in the first three overs and their innings lasted just 25.3 overs - slow left-armer Rajeshwari Gayakwad taking 5-15 from her 7.3 overs.

Amy Satterthwaite (26), Katey Martin (12) and Amelia Kerr (12no) were the only New Zealanders to reach double figures as the World Cup champions from 2000 suffered their earliest exit in the competition.

Australia secured second spot in the standings, behind England, after defeating fourth-placed South Africa by 59 runs at Taunton and will now face India in the second-semi-final, at Derby on Thursday, with South Africa battling England, at Bristol, two days earlier.

Getty © Provided by BSkyB Getty Australia slumped from 229-4 in the 41st over to 269 all out in the 49th as South Africa leg-spinner Sune Luus claimed five wickets, including Ellyse Perry (55) and Nicole Bolton (79), the latter having put on 114 with opening partner Beth Mooney (53).

Perry, Jess Jonassen and Rachael Haynes then claimed two wickets apiece as South Africa were bowled out for 210 in 50 overs - the Proteas losing 7-52 once Laura Wolvaardt departed for 71.

Stand-in Aussie skipper Haynes, deputising for the rested Meg Lanning, had earlier been caught and bowled by opposing captain and leading wicket-taker in the tournament, Dane Van Niekerk (2-41) for a six-ball duck, Van Niekerk later making Alex Blackwell (33) her 15th victim of the competition.

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