‘Rockstar’ Harmanpreet Kaur hailed by cricketers on Twitter

Harmanpreet Kaur blazed to 171 off 115 balls and helped India post a target of 282 to win off 42 overs. Australia looked like they had surrendered the chase for a crushing defeat but Alex Blackwell scored defiant 90 to scare the Indians. She was eventually dismissed.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 21, 2017 12:39 am
Harmanpreet Kaur had smashed 20 fours and seven sixes. (Source: AP)

India beat Australia by 36 runs to go through to the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup. India’s win was largely due to a blitzkrieg by Harmanpreet Kaur who scored 171 off 115 balls. This is only the second time that India have reached he final of the Women’s World Cup.

India’s openers were once again unable to accumulate runs as they Smriti Mandhana was dismissed in the first over. She was soon followed by Poonam Raut. Harmanpreet then came to crease and struck a 66-run partnership with her skipper Mithali Raj. Mithali, was soon dismissed for 36 in what was a rare blip on her radar. But then Deepti Sharma stuck on with Harmanpreet to take India back to stable grounds. Harmanpreet soon got to her century but that came off a frantic double at the end of which she was almost run-out. But the third umpire flashed green light and after that, Harmanpreet turned it on at Derby. The ball was connecting to her willow with ease and mostly stopped only after clearing the ropes one way or the other. At the end of the 42 overs, which was the maximum after rain delayed the match, Harmanpreet had smashed 20 fours and seven sixes.

Australia never seemed to have survived from that pummeling. They got off to a horrendous start, losing their first wicket in the second over and their second in the third. Ellyse Perry and Elyse Villani who got Australia going somewhat, putting up 105 for the fourth wicket. Villani’s wicket triggered another collapse and Australia found themselves 169/9. Alex Blackwell then scored a defiant 90. Her 76 run partnership with Kristen Beams was one of almost carefree batting and it looked Australia had a shot at pulling off the unlikeliest of wins. But Blackwell was finally dismissed and Mithali Raj and co. breathed a sigh of relief.

Here are a few reactions to the thriller: 

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    K.Raghuraman
    Jul 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm
    The Men should learn a lesson from the shrewd captaincy of Mithali Raj and swashbuckling knock the f Hamanpreet Kaur. But at the no, the credit goes to all players, support staff and Indian supporters. Well Done and lift the World Cup. You girls are doing a wonderful job.
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      naveen kumar chandran
      Jul 21, 2017 at 10:57 am
      magical swing of harmanpreet produce great power to knock over the good world bowling acttack... we waiting for the final ....go..go dia.....
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        Kannan
        Jul 21, 2017 at 8:47 am
        Baley, Baley Harmanpreet Your innings was simply mind blowing. You have the power of the Serena and Venus Williams put together. The aussie bowlers were Tandoorised!! That is an innings that will remembered and spoken about by cricket lovers for a long, long time. Another lady does the country proud. Sabash.
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        1. Suren Singh Sahni
          Jul 21, 2017 at 4:28 am
          Harman one of the best innings in Cricket. Hope India wins the Cup
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            neel patel
            Jul 21, 2017 at 1:13 am
            so girls have done what boys could'nt ,,,, "humari choriyan toh ladkon se badhkar hain"
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