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Summary

  1. Blackwell last out for 90
  2. Aus captain Lanning dismissed without scoring
  3. India's Kaur makes unbeaten 171 from 115 balls
  4. Match reduced to 42 overs per side
  5. India play England in Lord's final on Sunday

Live Reporting

By Amy Lofthouse and Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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It's been a thrilling tournament - and with a sold-out Lord's final to come on Sunday, it's no exaggeration to say that with the interest from the Indian market, we will be looking at the biggest game in the history of women's cricket.

Thanks for perservering with us today (despite the rain) - you can look back through this page for all the highlights of an incredible game, while taking a gander at Amy Lofthouse's match report - and with some county T20 to tide you over tonight, tomorrow and Saturday, I hope you'll join us on Sunday for the final. Until then, take care of yourselves and celebrate what a fantastic World Cup this has been.

And as some have rather churlishly pointed out, the Australia squad - like their male counterparts - are now technically unemployed.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

Someone is going to be looking for a double-sided coin for the toss in that final. Both teams will want to bat first, chasing is so hard. Lord's will be a good wicket.

Charlotte Edwards

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I've been impressed by Raj's captaincy. I always thought she was a good captain, but in the past two games she's been brilliant.

Captain's view

Australia captain Meg Lanning: "The innings from Kaur was incredible, we couldn't stop her and it was a very special effort in a high-pressure game so well done to India. Alex Blackwell was hitting it well at the end and we left her too much to do, but her knock was outstanding.

"I don't think we really nailed a full game at any stage of the tournament, so it was a disappointing end."

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sonsofpunjab: After all those games back to where we started Eng v Ind going to be one hell of a final on Sunday...great performance by India.

Captain's view

India captain Mithali Raj: "Harman's innings was exceptional and the bowlers have done very well. Overall, this unit looks compact now, after losing we came back and beating Australia is a huge achievement.

"We have players who of international standard, someone stands up in every game. The top order is scoring when it is needed and response from the bowling unit has been brilliant.

"I'm sure Harmanpreet will want to play on Sunday, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Watch the clinching moment

Here's the winning wicket as India booked their place at Lord's.

Charlotte Edwards

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

India did beat us at Lord's in 2012 - Raj and Kaur chased down about 220 to win the game. Some of them will have good memories of that.

England haven't got a good record there - apart from World Cup finals! We've played big games there, but I think both teams will be nervous as it'll be the biggest game of their lives.

Charlotte Edwards

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

If Harmanpreet Kaur's not there on Sunday, I'll eat my hat.

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

Harmanpreet Kaur was asked three times if she was fit, she could have answered "cheese on toast". Some excellent question-avoidance.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

When it has really mattered, India have handled the pressure. Against England and against Pakistan, when even Mithali Raj said she felt the stress.

What you might not have picked up there was that Alison Mitchell, on TV duties, asked Kaur three times if she'll be fit for Sunday, and she answered three times that she was proud of her team!

Player of the match

Player of the match Harmanpreet Kaur: "I'm really proud of my team. I'm really looking forward to the final. England are a good side and we will give them a good game. It's always good when you score some runs and I'm feeling good right now."

Harmanpreet Kaur
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Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

Harmanpreet started limping when she hit the ball into her foot, it might just be sore. England will have had their feet up. They topped the group, they knew that was important because it allowed them to soak it up at Lord's.

As both teams shake hands and a few embrace each other, India may have to look around and count their walking wounded. Harmanpreet Kaur looked to have calf problems in the second half of their astonishing innings, and did not take the field. Shikha Pandey was also off the field by the end, and did not bowl after the 27th over.

They don't exactly have a lot of time to get everyone fit for Lord's where the captains will be tossing up in two-and-a-half days' time.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

The odds were stacked against India, but they have fought. The seem to like Derby, this is where they beat England. Harmanpreet Kaur produced one of the best batting performances in an ODI.

Champagne moment

INDIA BEAT AUSTRALIA BY 36 RUNS TO REACH WOMEN'S WORLD CUP FINAL!

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Blackwell b Sharma 90 (Aus 245 all out)

Deepti Sharma bowls, Blackwell swings and misses, and she's bowled! It's all over!

Alex Blackwell
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Aus 245-9

Target 282 from 42 overs

A low full toss, Blackwell swipes it across the line and that's four. 38 needed from 14. Is this the most exciting World Cup game ever? Fifth ball is cut straight to a fielder, the sixth is drilled to long-off for one. 37 needed from 12 balls - Blackwell needs a drink, and we're going ball-by-ball!

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Sonsofpunjab: Aus still in this game what a advert for Womens Cricket...gripping stuff

Aus 240-9

Target 282 from 42 overs

Beams does her job, a single to the cover sweeper.

Aus 239-9

Target 282 from 42 overs

So, who to bowl? It's going to be Poonam Yadav, who has one over left. Blackwell cracks the first ball to cover, there's a misfield but they turn down a single as Blackwell needs boundaries. Next ball, it reaches long-on on the bounce and they run one this time. 43 from 16 needed.

Alex Blackwell
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Aus 238-9

Target 282 from 42 overs

Blackwell crunches a four through square leg, then gets an inside edged-single to keep the strike!

44 from 18 balls needed, for one of the most incredible finishes you've seen...

How's stat?!

Phil Long

TMS statistician

Krishanmurthy hasn't bowled for 26 ODIs.

Aus 233-9

Target 282 from 42 overs

Now, is this an Elyse Villani moment, or a tactical masterstroke? Veda Krishnamurthy, who's not bowled in this entire World Cup (and in only in five of her previous 38 ODIs), comes on to bowl leg-spin in a cap... and the first ball is a horrible one down the leg side from which Blackwell smears a two. But they can only get a single off her second ball. Beams adds a two and a single to reach double figures for the first time in an ODI...

So, at what point do India start to fear they could lose this?

Aus 227-9

Blackwell 76 from 46 balls

Jhulan Goswami, the old warrior, back at the City End. Can she take this final wicket? Blackwell's still fighting - blasting a four past the bowler. That's the fifty stand for the last wicket, you don't see many of those in ODIs. Blackwell pulls a full toss for four, any higher and it might have been a no-ball. A single to long-off from the fifth ball, just leaving Beams one to survive... which she does. 55 needed from 24 balls.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

Blackwell fancies it. She's a great character, a serious fighter. She has an inner grit.

Alex Blackwell
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Aus 218-9

Target 282 from 42 overs

Gayakwad completes her spell, finishing with 1-62 from nine overs - Australia need an unlikely 64 from 30 balls.

Aus 217-9

Target 282 from 42 overs

There's no farming of the strike from Blackwell - she has confidence in Beams, who has belied her number 11 batting position with an assured display.

Blackwell then launches a monster of a straight six into the media centre, followed by another. Surely she doesn't genuinely believe she can win it from here?

This is how Australia lost their ninth wicket - Megan Schutt pouched by Jhulan Goswami in the deep.

Aus 203-9

Target 282 from 42 overs

Blackwell and Beams playing as if there was no pressure on. Which there isn't realistically - as Australia need 79 from 36 balls.

Charlotte Edwards

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Blackwell is a fighter, a mongrel. She'll keep coming at India because she will think she can pull this off.

50 for Alex Blackwell

Aus 200-9

A swept four brings Alex Blackwell her fifty from 36 balls. In the context of the game, it will make little difference, but a gutsy innings nevertheless.

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

Harmanpreet Kaur is hobbling but she's got a huge smile on her face. She's hit 170 and hasn't had to field.

Daggers and Charlotte on TMS are also winding Ebony Rainford-Brent up something rotten, suggesting the BCCI may not allow an injured Kaur to play for Ebony's Surrey Stars in the Super League...

Aus 195-9

Blackwell 48 from 35 balls.

Blackwell goes over the top... but it falls short of long-off and they can only run one. The field comes in for Beams, who knocks a single, while Blackwell hoists a first-bounce four over the bowler's head - and an even bigger six to the same region.

Meanwhile, India are gathering on the boundary, including the injured Harmanpreet Kaur, soon to be the recipient of the easiest player-of-the-match award decision in the history of cricket.

Charlotte Edwards

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Deep down, England will be happy to playing India. Australia have always been the nemesis in finals.

Here's how it ended for the unlucky Jess Jonassen, run out at the bowler's end from a deflection.

Aus 181-9

Blackwell 37 from 32 balls; Beams 2 from 5

Alex Blackwell, the last recognised batter standing, drills a four through the covers and nurdles a three to fine leg to bring Beams on strike. The number 11 shows a perfectly good defensive technique, eventually finding the gap with a cut backward of point so she's off the mark, at least.