Earlier, Indian captain Mitali Raj led from the front to steer her team to a comfortable 265 runs for the loss of seven wickets.
Veda Krishnamurthy stuck on with her captain. In their last match at Bristol, Australia defeated them by eight wickets, despite a gritty century by Punam Raut and a record-breaking 69 from skipper Mithali Raj.
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.
Although at this stage, India couldn't have asked for a better opponent than the ones who have oddly flunked at crucial junctures in all ICC events since finishing runners-up in 2010 World T20.
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India were going strong at 152 for 2 in the 36th over but New Zealand struck back with two quick wickets - Harmanpreet and Deepti Sharma (0) - but that did not bother them. If New Zealand win and Australia beat South Africa by a big margin, they could also move to the third spot. However, the highlight of the virtual knock-out match was Mithali's sixth ton in her 184th match and her 109 came from 123 balls and had 11 fours in it. They also enjoy a whopping 9-1 head-to-head record against the Indians in World Cups. It was a good batting track but we wanted to keep them under 250.
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