ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2018 match highlights:
- India won by 34 runs
- Harmanpreet Kaur blasted her way to 103 ff 51 balls to take India to 194-5 batting first
- In reply New Zealand were restricted to 160-9
- India’s 194 was the highest ever total by a side in the T20 world cup. Kaur’s century was the first ever by an Indian at the stage
- India will next play Pakistan on November 11
Coming back to ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2018 match highlights, leading from the front, Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur headlined India’s win in the opener of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on Friday. Blasting her way to the third fastest T20 century ever, Kaur took just 49 balls to reach the landmark and become the first Indian women cricketer to ever hit a century at the showpiece event. A deadly performance by the Indian bowlers complimented their skippers knock perfectly to restrict their opponents to 160 and seal a comfortable 34 run win for their side.
Batting first, India got off to a shaky start that saw them coursing through rough waters at 40-3. That was the last of the troubles for them in the match with Harmanpreet Kaur coming in her element to grab the match by the scruff of its neck. The dynamic batsman from Punjab took time to grow into her innings, scoring just 5 off 13 balls in the opening stages of her innings but once settled in she went after New Zealand like a storm.
An innings that was dazzling in it display saw Kaur take on New Zealand in only a manner that she can. Opening her arms, Kaur drove, pulled, cut and flicked in an innings that bespoke her talent in an awesome exhibition of batting by an outstanding player. Racing to 103 off just 51 balls, Kaur helped her side reach a commanding total of 194 from the allotted 20 overs, the highest ever total scored by a side at the mega event.
Riding on that flier by Kaur, India’s bowlers worked in unison to peg New Zealand back. Taking wickets at regular intervals, India’s bowling unit never allowed New Zealand to settle into the chase. Needing 44 of the last over, the match which was just a formality away from India saw them not lower their gear even in the closing stages to pick up two wickets in the final over and announce themselves in the world cup.
Kaur after winning the player of the match award: “Excited but still a long way to go. As a team, we have a lot to improve. I know if I settle down, I can go for my shots. Jemi also played really well. When you’re hitting well, you need somebody to rotate the strike. The bowling needs to improve, though. I had a bit of fever yesterday, now feeling well”
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