Indian women's cricket team batting sensation Harmanpreet Kaur created a few pages to her name in the history of cricket books by hitting an incredible century against New Zealand as Indian women registered a comfortable victory in the opening day of the ongoing Women's T20 World Cup on Friday.
Harmanpreet Kaur is the first Indian bats-woman to smash a century in the 20-20 cricket. Punjab-born-woman hammered 103 runs in 51 balls with seven hits to the fence and 8 hits above the rope. The hard-hitting bats-woman took 49 deliveries to complete her first 100 in the T20Is.
The 29-year-old Harmanpreet Kaur also forayed a 134-run partnership with Jemimah Rodrigues for the fourth wicket. Jemimah Rodrigues contributed 59 runs in 45 balls with 7 beautiful boundaries. Both batswomen helped India to post 194 for the loss of 5 wickets in their quota of 20 overs.
Before Harmanpreet Kaur, Deandra Dottin (112*, West Indies), Shandre Fritz (116*, South Africa), Meg Lanning (126, Australia), Deandra Dottin (112, West Indies), Beth Mooney (117*, Australia), Danielle Wyatt (100, England), Danielle Wyatt (124, England), Suzie Bates (124*, New Zealand), Tammy Beaumont (116, England) are the other players to hit a century in T20s.
Opting to bat first, the Indian openers failed to give a good start in the opening match. Bhatia scored 9 runs while Smruthi Mandhana made 2 runs. The No 4 bats-woman D Hemalatha made just 15 runs. To the reply of 195-run target, New Zealand bats-women managed to score 160 runs with the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs.
The hard-hitting Kaur played shots in all the areas of the ground, which looks so beautiful to watch on the field. Jemimah Rodrigues (18) was the youngest player to hit a fifty in the T20 World Cup. India next will lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday in the T20 World Cup.