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Harmanpreet Kaur slams ton as India beat New Zealand in opener

Harmanpreet Kaur Smriti Mandhana Show Their Dance Moves Ahead Of ICC Women The Indian women's cricket team will begin its World T20 campaign against New Zealand
Cassandra Castillo | 10 November, 2018, 12:24

Her 134-run stand with Jemimah Rodrigues set India up for a match-winning total of 194 for 5. "I was just looking how much we need to win the game and we knew they have really good batters", Harmanpreet said. "And to be honest, I was nervous. and I'm also human, I also get nervous", Harmanpreet said. Opting to bat after the coin landed in her favour at the Providence Stadium, Harmanpreet was required to walk into the middle early, at the fall of debutant Dayalan Hemalatha's wicket in only the sixth over.

However, Harmanpreet and Jemimah had other ideas, adding runs at a quick pace, which included a phase when India scored 56 runs in five overs.

Last year, too, Kaur had showcased her power-hitting with a brilliant 115-ball 171 in the World Cup semifinal game against Australia.

"We need to focus on the first six overs, because when you have only two fielders outside, how much can you get, it's always a plus point for us", Harmanpreet said. That this happened after a sedate start, which saw India at a precarious 41/3 at the end of the Powerplay overs, only adds to the spectacular quotient of what Harmanpreet and her team achieved. Jemimah stroked a confident 59 off 45 balls, in the process becoming the youngest to hit a half century in Women's WT20 history.

The right-hander also revealed that she was uncomfortable taking singles and twos and hence, made a decision to go for the big shots instead of investing too much energy on running between the wickets.

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Thanks to the record partnership between the two, India posted the highest-ever total in the history of the Women's World T20.

The severe cramps hampered her running between the wickets as she came up with a different plan.

Chasing a stiff target, New Zealand were off to flyer with the seasoned Suzie Bates (67 off 50 balls) and Anna Peterson (14) racing to 52 in just under seven over.

The contest was as good as over for New Zealand after Bates' dismissal and India kept up the pressure on their opponents. The skipper led by example after India were struggling at 40 for three.

"Yeah, when she [Rodrigues] got her first boundary, she was looking very good, the way she played that cover drive", Harmanpreet said.

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