Harmanpreet Kaur shines with the bat for Lancashire Thunders
She sizzled with a 74-run knock by hitting 6 sixes.
Updated - Aug 15, 2018 11:53 am
Only two Indian players are featuring in the ongoing Women’s Super League in England. Both, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, have set the stage on fire with their batting for their respective teams. While the latter has shattered all the records of the tournament so far, her Indian teammate has found her groove after entering late in the competition. Kaur, on Tuesday, played a scintillating knock of 74 runs off 44 balls against Yorkshire Diamonds and smashed six maximums during her stay in the middle.
She walked out to bat with her team’s score reading 43/2 in the 8th over and just blazed away after taking some time to settle down. She first stitched a 53-run partnership with Nicole Bolton off 40 deliveries and once she got out, controlled the innings on her own. The wickets kept on falling at the other end but Kaur didn’t deter and played her shots thanks to the power she possesses.
6 sixes in an innings
The way Harmanpreet Kaur was smashing the ball, she reminded everyone of her knock against Australia in the World Cup semi-final last year. Her swashbuckling inning helped her team Lancashire Thunder post a competitive total of 154 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. She scored almost 50 per cent of them while batting at 4 and showed her prowess with the bat.
In response, Diamonds looked out of the chase with 70/4 in the 12th over. But Katherine Brunt threatened by playing a brilliant knock of 44 runs off just 25 cherries. However, even her efforts weren’t enough for her team to get over the line. They eventually fell short of the target by 9 runs and finished on 145/8 after 20 overs.
Kaur’s scintillating outing with the bat has kept the Thunders alive in the competition. They will face the Southern Vipers in their last group stage encounter and will have to win qualify for the finals day on August 27.
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