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ICC Women’s WT20: Harmanpreet Kaur’s Historic Ton Seals Impressive Win For India Over New Zealand 

ICC Women’s WT20: Harmanpreet Kaur’s Historic Ton Seals Impressive Win For India Over New Zealand

Almost year and a half after her blistering 171-run knock against Australia in the 50-over World Cup semifinal, Harmanpreet Kaur slammed another breathtaking ton to fire India to a thumping 34-run win over New Zealand.

She walked out to bat when India were in all sorts of trouble. The Women in Blue were reeling at 40 for 3 when their skipper joined youngster Jemimah Rodrigues on the field. Not surprisingly, she was cautious early on, scoring just 5 off the first 13 balls she faced. But once she found her groove, there was no looking back. In the following 20 deliveries, she hit 45 to reach her fifty off 33 balls.

In Rodrigues, Harmanpreet found a perfect partner. The 18-year old scored at a brisk pace to ease the pressure off her skipper. But Harmanpreet soon took charge and blew away New Zealand, peppering the arc between long-on and midwicket with huge sixes, hitting five sixes and two fours. She was particularly severe on Jess Watkin, taking her for 27 off 7 balls.

Rodrigues also went on to complete her fifty and became the youngster Indian to do so in World T20I. But while Rodrigues departed after scoring 59, Harmanpreet went on to score her hundred off just 49 deliveries. She was eventually dismissed in the last over for 103. Her knock contained 8 sixes and 7 fours.

 

ICC Women's WT20: Harmanpreet Kaur's Historic Ton Seals Impressive Win For India Over New Zealand 1

As a result, India ended up scoring 195 for 5, their highest-ever total in World T20.

In reply, New Zealand looked in contention as far as Suzie Bates was batting. But while Bates went on to become the highest run-scorer in World T20, the demanding asking rate finally got the better off her as she returned after scoring 67. India, on the other hand, kept on taking wickets at other end.

Legspinner Poonam Yadav removed Sophie Devine and Watkin off successive balls but it was offspinner Hemalatha, the debutant, who claimed the key wicket of captain Amy Satterthwaite, when she had her skying a sweep to square leg. When seamer Arundhati Reddy removed Bates in the 14th over, New Zealand slipped to 98 for 5. They eventually managed to score 160 for 9.

Brief scores:

India women 194 for 5 (Harmanpreet 103, Rodrigues 59, Tahuhu 2-18) beat New Zealand women 160 for 9 (Bates 67, Hemalatha 3-26, Poonam 3-33) by 34 runs

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