Harmanpreet Kaur, on Sunday (August 8), nearly powered India Women’s Cricket Team to a historic gold medal in the ongoing Commonwealth Games. The India skipper scored a fighting fifty but it was not enough for her team as Australia beat India by 9 runs to clinch gold. The match was looking well under control when Harmanpreet was at the crease.
But it all changed once her and Jemimah Rodrigues’ 96-run partnership was broken. India suffered an inexplicable collapse and lost their last 8 wickets for just 34 runs to be all out for 152 from 118 for 2. Chasing 161, India began poorly and lost both their openers for just 22 runs. Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah, however, did not let Australia capitalise on the early breakthroughs.
The duo put India in a strong position before departing in quick succession. Jemimah was the first to go after 33. 3 runs later, Harmanpreet departed too after scoring 65 off 43 balls. And after her departure, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals before being folded up for 152.
India had needed 11 runs off the final over with two wickets in hand with spinner Jess Jonassen taking responsibility for Australia. The veteran spinner started by bowling a dot before a desperate attempt to run two and keep concussion replacement Yastika Bhatia on strike produced a run out. On the following delivery, Jonassen got Bhatia lbw to seal India’s fate.
Harmanpreet Kaur shows her aggressive side:
While Harmanpreet Kaur is being praised from all over for her fighting knock against Australia, a clip from the semifinal clash against England has gone viral. In the clip, she could be seen at her aggressive best. The right-hander batter could not control her emotions and ended up saying a Hindi cuss word that rhymes with England star Ben Stokes.
The incident was from the 14th over of the match when Harmanpreet Kaur hit Freya Kemp for a six. As soon as she hit the shot, the cameras caught her swearing in Hindi.
Here is a clip of the incident:
“Shoooooottttt benstokes” pic.twitter.com/Zh081ELO1C
— Harry(c)👑 (@FcHarmanpreet) August 6, 2022