The Hush Post|12:30 am|2-min-read
Captain Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian player to score a T20I hundred in women’s cricket on Friday. She achieved this milestone during India’s first match of the ICC Women’s World T20 against New Zealand. The 29-year-old player made the century in 49 balls, punishing the New Zealand bowlers with eight sixes and seven fours.
In the match at the West Indies Guyana
The Indian team decided to bat first before winning the toss. India were shocked in the second over when Indian opener, Tania Bhatia (9) got bowled on the bowling of Tahuhu. Smriti Mandhana went back to the pavilion on a personal score of 2 runs. Thanks to Harman and Jemima Rodrigues, who together made a partnership of 134-runs.
Rodrigues scored 59 runs in 45 balls with seven fours in the 19th over before stump Stuck out on the ball of Jesse Watkin. India lost five wickets in the 20 overs and scored a huge target of 195 runs against New Zealand, which is also a new record for the World T20. In reply, Kiwi women could only score 160 runs.
India has posted the highest-ever total in the history of the Women’s World T20 with the record of 134-run partnership.
Jemimah Rodrigues, who achieved her fourth T20I half-century, became the fifth youngest to register a fifty in Women’s World T20. She said, “It was difficult, I wasn’t timing too well initially. It’s always difficult, we need to focus on the next ball; what’s gone is gone. Harry (Harmanpreet) played a brilliant knock and that helped us reach such a good score.”
“We were just focusing on building a partnership. The team wanted to keep wickets in hand and at the end, we could accelerate. We need quick wickets to put the pressure on them. I think we have done pretty well on this wicket,”said Rodrigues.