Harmanpreet starts India's World T20 campaign with 49-ball hundred

Harmanpreet starts India’s World T20 campaign with 49-ball hundred


Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian to score a WT20I hundred, helping India finish with the highest total ever in the Women’s WT20.

Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian to score a WT20I hundred

Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues stitched together a record 134-run partnership (@WorldT20 Photo)

Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues got together at the Providence Stadium in Guyana to break records in their Women’s World T20 opener against New Zealand on Friday.

The duo stitched together a record 134-run partnership for the four wicket. The pair gor together after the New Zealand women struck early blows to the Indian batting line-up. The openers were sent back quite cheaply, with debutant Dayalan Hemalatha being the only one making it to double figures.

Harmanpreet albeit started slowly, soon changed gears and began attacking the New Zealand bowlers. Jemimah at the other end played with calm and finesse beyond her years.

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Harmanpreet raced to a 51-ball 103, laced with seven boundaries and eight sixes, and more importantly raised after Jemimah was dismissed for 59 off 45 balls.

Making her first appearance in a World T20, Jemimah controlled her nerves playing the perfect second fiddle to the fluent Kaur, who was at her aggressive best throughout the innings – hitting seven boundaries.

Kaur raced to a 33-ball 50 and in no time converted that to a magnificent century off only 49 deliveries.

Sensing the urgency of putting up a big total, Jemimah, towards the end also pressed on the accelerator to get to her half century off 40 balls.

Having cleared the fence eight times, Kaur now has the most number of sixes for India in a T20 innings, beating her own record of, five set against Sri Lanka in September this year.

New Zealand managed to get rid of the partnership with Jess Watkin getting the back of Jemimah and Sophie Devine dismissing Kaur, but by then the damage was done as India walked back with the highest ever total in a World T20 tie.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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