New Zealand Women vs India Women

Harmanpreet Kaur

Harmanpreet Kaur

Her 134-run stand with Jemimah Rodrigues set India up for a match-winning total of 194 for 5. And if you don't have the right people at the top of it, as India have shown with their three in Rohit (Sharma), Shikhar (Dhawan) and whenever Virat (Kohli) is there, they have that balance.

She was battling stomach cramps and needed frequent attention from the physio, but that didn't stop her from dishing out eight sixes against New Zealand in an innings reminiscent of her iconic 171 in the ICC Women's World Cup semi-final past year against Australia.

In reply, New Zealand were stopped at 160 for nine. "And that is the only reason we went Taniya [Bhatia], who can play freely [as opener]".

The big-hitting Harmanpreet played shots on all sides of the wicket, and was most effective towards the long-off, long-on and the deep mid-wicket region. "And to be honest, I was nervous. and I'm also human, I also get nervous", Harmanpreet said. During India's inaugural women's T20 World Cup match in Guyana against New Zealand, the ace batswoman scored an epic ton enthralling not just audience in the stadium but people watching the game back home. Rodrigues made 59 off 45 balls, and her form gave Harmanpreet the space she needed to pace herself.

Chasing a stiff target, New Zealand were off to flyer with the seasoned Suzie Bates (67 off 50 balls) and Anna Peterson (14) racing to 52 in just under seven over.

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On a good pitch, New Zealand looked as though they were going to power to a record-breaking win as Bates found the boundary ropes easily early on. When asked about whether she can improve her big-hitting prowess even further, the Indian captain said: "Yes, why not?"

She has already struck two centuries in 102 T20 Internationals and her ability to score quickly could energise a Windies batting order which has struggled in recent times.

Hemalatha and Poonam Yadav finsihed with three wickets apiece for India, and there were two for Radha Yadav.

The contest was as good as over for New Zealand after Bates' dismissal and India kept up the pressure on their opponents.

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