Harmanpreet Kaur blitzed a 49-ball century to power India’s 34-run win over New Zealand. Her assault helped India reach 194/5 in their innings. In reply, New Zealand managed 160/9 with debutante Dayalan Hemalatha and Radha Yadav taking three wickets apiece. Harmanpreet hit 8 sixes and 7 fours in her innings and her hundred is also the third fastest by a player in T20 Internationals. The total was India’s highest in the T20 World Cup and second highest in the shortest format.
India had won the toss and chosen to bat first. They lost their openers early and Harmanpreet was struggling with a fitness issue in the early stages of her innings. Jemimah Rodrigues was doing the bulk of the scoring in that period. The Indian captain finally got going in the 14th over, after which New Zealand were pretty much left with no answers. She shared a partnership of 123 with Rodrigues, which is the highest for any wicket in the T20Is for India.
What a start to women’s t20 cricket World Cup.Brilliant batting by @JemiRodrigues to keep things calm in the middle & supporting @ImHarmanpreet who played an unbelievable knock to become 1st Indian women to score t20 hundred ????.I’m sure bowlers can pull things off from here??
— IamKedar (@JadhavKedar) 9 November 2018
Harmanpreet Kaur , wonderful hundred. Great bat swing in a really zordaar innings pic.twitter.com/lTfG5hsSkD
Congratulations India on a wonderful start to the T20 World Cup Campaign. It was an outstanding century from captain Harmanpreet Kaur and I wish the team all the best for the forthcoming matches. #IndvNZ pic.twitter.com/9IGM2E68HE
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 9 November 2018
Well played Kaur ???? Amazing innings and great start to the #WT20 ????????????
— Hayley Matthews (@MyNameIs_Hayley) 9 November 2018
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 9 November 2018
What a brilliant start to the #WWT20. This is a big win for India’s women cricketers. Just the kind of game to draw more girls in.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 9 November 2018
India’s next match is against Pakistan on Sunday.