Harmanpreet ton propels India to 194/5


Harmanpreet Kaur made her claim to be put among the top hitters of game, gender no bar, after she smashed a whirlwind T20I century in India's opening match of the ICC Women's World T20 2018 against New Zealand in Providence Stadium, Guyana on Friday. "(Regarding my batting) I needed to settle down", Harmanpreet said after the convincing win.

The skipper of the Women in Blue became the first woman from the country to score a century in the shortest format of the game.

After the opener against New Zealand, India will face Pakistan on November 11, Ireland on November 15 and three-time champions Australia on November 17. But a stunning victory this from India and credit goes to Harmanpreet Kaur here.

She may have ended up playing second fiddle, but Jemimah and Harmanpreet's 134-run association - off just 12.4 overs - is now India's highest partnership for any wicket in women's T20Is. For me personally, I didn't get really good scores, but one match, Harmanpreet and I didn't score a single run and we got 170. "You can see everyone is up to the mark where you need to be at the global standard", said Mandhana, who is also the vice-captain.

Walking into bat at a crucial juncture when India were three down for 40, Harmanpreet unleashed her power-hitting and counter-attacked the New Zealand bowlers. She is very mature. "We need young players who are excited to play global cricket".

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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.

India have never won the World T20 in their previous five attempts with their best result, a semifinal appearance, coming in 2009 and 2010. "They know that if we grow as individuals, the team grows, the Indian women's cricket grows, and people will start noticing the game in India and around the world", Powar told the ICC's official website. He has a lot of experience and that is helping us.

Star batter Suzie Bates (67 off 50 balls) took on India's young pacers Arundhati Reddy and Radha Yadav and gave New Zealand a solid start.

A brilliant leaping catch in the deep from Hayley Jensen saw the end of Smriti Mandhana (2) and, although Kaur hit just five runs off her first 13 balls, she soon found her groove, bringing up her half-century off 33.