India vs New Zealand, Women’s T20 World Cup highlights: Another chapter has been added to the fledgling legend of Harmanpreet Kaur. Her 49-ball century is the third fastest of all time in T20 Internationals. It is also the first instance of an Indian reaching three figures in the shortest format of the game. In 2017, she put women’s cricket on the map in her country with an imperious 171 not out in the World Cup semi-final against Australia. 14 months later, she has helped India off to a flier in the T20I World Cup, a tournament in which they have struggled to make a mark recent editions.
India vs New Zealand, Women's T20 World Cup highlights:
What a start!
India's second-highest total in T20s, Harmanpreet the first Indian to score a T20I century and the third in the world to do so, the third fastest T20I century of all time and a 34-run win over New Zealand. It was a good day for the Indians and their captain. Back in June 2018, Daksh Panwar and Nitin Sharma had written about how she is firing many a dream in her home-town in Punjab. If you like reading or cricket or reading and cricket or Harmanpreet Kaur or reading, cricket and Harmanpreet Kaur, you don't want to miss it. Ciao!
Player of the match (no prizes for guessing): Harmanpreet Kaur
"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"
INDIA BEAT NEW ZEALAND BY 34 RUNS
New Zealand 160/9 after 20 overs: Two consecutive wickets for Radha off the last two balls which means she will be on a hat-trick the next time she bowls. She and Hemalatha have ended the match with 3 wickets apiece. But the day belongs to Harmanpreet Kaur. Her unbeaten 171 in the 2017 World Cup put women's cricket on the map for India and her 51-ball 103 has helped India off to a fantastic start. An awesome exhibition of batting by an awesome player.
New Zealand 44 to win off the last over
That's it then. Radha will bowl the formality of a final over but New Zealand would want to close the gap as much as possible for their NRR.
GONE! Martin c Harmanpreet b Poonam Yadav, New Zealand 151/7
New Zealand needed 48 off 8 balls, which means a six off every ball without extras and Martin went for it. Never got any distance on it and gets caught at cover.
New Zealand 137/6 off 18 overs
India became the first team to go for DRS in the women's T20 World Cup. Umpire had given not out for a caught behind decision. Third umpire stays with that as there was not enough conclusive evidence.
New Zealand 129/6 off 17
Martin with two almost identical sweep shots for four. It does look like New Zealand would have benefitted from her batting higher up the order. But the required run rate has now crept above 21 so even these runs make little difference. New Zealand need someone to do a Harmanpreet Kaur on India.
New Zealand 119/6 after 16 overs
Back-to-back fours by Martin in that over to relieve some of the pressure for the White Ferns. They will need a lot more of that.
OUT! Maddy Green c Deepti b Hemalatha, New Zealand 110/6
Three wickets for the debutante! New Zealand are going through a collapse-phase right now and need to get out of this rut.
New Zealand 103/5 off 14 overs
Katey Martin has been around for a long time and New Zealand will need her to use all her experience to get them out of this pickle. They need 92 runs from 36 balls.
GONE! Suzy Bates c Hemalatha b Reddy, New Zealand 98/5
That could be the game. Suzy Bates dismissed after a gritty knock of 67. A full toss and she hits it to backward point. Hemalatha takes the catch this time. The debutante simply can't keep herself out of the game today, can she?
OUT! Satterwaite cKrishnamurthy b Hemalatha, New Zealand 93/4
Hemalatha returns and has Amy skying a catch to square leg. India can now smell victory
New Zealand 74/3 off 10 overs
No hat-trick but what an over! That could be the one that hands India the match. The required rate has cropped up on New Zealand and they have lost two batters in a row. Bates still there and she is three shy of her half century. New Zealand need 121 to win off 60.
OUT! JM Watkin st Bhatia b Poonam Yadav, New Zealand 73/3
Two in two for Yadav! Is she going to make it a hat-trick? Slower delivery than the previous one tossed up, and it dips, Watkin misses and Bhatia does the rest.
GONE! Devine walks back having made 9
Poonam Yadav gets her maiden wicket of the tournament! Devine is caught by Harmanpreet at short cover.
India 70/1 after 9 overs
Sophie Devine is in the middle with Bates and she hit the first six of the New Zealand innings. Bates is closing in on her half century too. New Zealand need 125 to win off 66.
GONE! Peterson c Bhatia b Hemalathan, New Zealand 52/1
Hemalathan gets a wicket off the third ball of her career! India finally get a breakthrough and they had to wait over seven overs for it.
New Zealand 51/0 after 6 overs
Peterson with a ramp for four from outside off to bring take New Zealand beyond 50. This has been a good powerplay for them. Peterson and Bates are holding strong.
New Zealand 33/0 after 4 overs
This is a good start from New Zealand. Bates is doing the bulk of the scoring and they have seen away the Radha Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Arundhati Reddy.
New Zealand 11/0 after 1 over
Anna Peterson and Suzy Bates have opened the innings for the White Ferns, Arundhati Reddy starts the Indian attack. New Zealand need to pull off a record chase to win this.
India 194/5 after 20 overs
That is the end of the innings and it was all about the Indian captain. She took her time to get going but once she did, it was catching practice for the crowd and the ball boys. A truly astonishing innings to get India's campaign off.
GONE! Harmanpreet Kaur 103 c Martin b Devine India 194/5
Nicked behind and that ends another imperious innings from Harmanpreet. She gets handshakes from the New Zealand players and a standing ovation from the crowd.
100 for Harmanpreet
She is the first Indian to score a century in T20 Internationals. What an innings this has been from the captain.
OUT! Rodrigues 59 st Martin b Watkin India 174/4
And that ends a record parntership. Outside off, swing and a miss, keeper does the rest.
India 172/3 off 18 overs
Harmanpreet is making hitting sixes in a World Cup against New Zealand look like child's play. She has hit six 6s and seven 4s in the innings so far and is on 85 off 45 balls. Partnership of 123 with Rodrigues which is the highest for India in T20Is for any wicket.
India 144/3 off 16 overs
100 partnership between Harmanpreet and Rodrigues. Remember when it was mentioned that Rodrigues is playing the aggressor in an earlier update? Harmanpreet has taken over now.
India 116/3 off 14 overs
Harmanpreet is in the house! The first six off the third ball, over long on. The second is aafter a dot ball and that is probably going to remain the biggest of the tournament. A four through mid-off to end the over.
India 98/3 off 13
Rodrigues picked up a Tahuhu delivery from off stump and lifted it over midwicket to the boundary to bring up the 50 partnership. That, is the shot of the day so far. She is playing the aggressor and has made 40 off 32 balls.
India 80/3 off 10.3
Harmanpreet has gone down after running a two. Not sure what is wrong with her but she clutched her belly before sitting down after running the second run. Physio is out.
India 76/3 after 10 overs
Two sixes, both by Harmanpreet Kaur in that 10th over. The first was over midwicket off the second ball while the second was over long-off off the last.
India 45/3 after 7 overs
The powerplay overs have not been kind on India. Smriti Mandhana is back in the hut and that will be the biggest blow for them but they now have two experienced heads in Rodrigues and captain Harmanpreet Kaur in the middle.
OUT! Dayalan Hemalatha c Tahuhu c Kasperek, India 40/3
Not the best of debuts for Hemlatha. Full toss outside off that she tries to sweep, the ball only lands up in the hands of short fine leg.
GONE! Mandhana c Jensen b Tahuhu, India 22/2
Jensen has plucked that out of thin air at the midwicket boundary. A blinder of a catch to dismiss a very good player. Mandhana with a very good pull shot, not too much elevation though. But Jensen needed to dive and go full stretch to her left to finish the catch and she does that with aplomb.
India 17/1 after 3 overs
Just three runs off Leigh Kasperek's first over of the match and she makes a lot of things happen. Mandhana punched the second ball back with authority but manages to get just two runs out of it. A big shout for LBW off the last ball but a shake of a head from the umpire is all they get. No DRS used yet.
India 14/1 after 2 overs
Two consecutive close calls there for Jemimah Rodrigues right after she came into the middle. Tahuhu has caused all sorts of problems for India in this over.
GONE! Bhatia b Tahuhu, India 11/1
Well the first ball of the second over is not as fortunate for Bhatia. Seamed in and rushes in through the gates and Bhatia has to walk. What a start for Lea Tahuhu
Taniya Bhatia starts proceedings with a four. She has opened the innings with Smriti Mandhana whereas the first over was bowled by Jess Watkin.
This is the first of three matches today
This match will be followed by Australia vs Pakistan. Home team and defending champions West Indies' match will be in the evening (local time) so that is where the crowds will be seen.
DRS makes a debut
Add that to that earlier update about why this tournament is important. DRS will be used in a Women's T20 World Cup for the first time.
India: Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia(wk), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(capt), Dayalan Hemalatha (debut), Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy
New Zealand: Suzie Bates, Anna Peterson, Sophie Devine, Amy Satterthwaite(capt), Katey Martin(wk), Maddy Green, Leigh Kasperek, Jess Watkin, Hayley Jensen, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu