Stats: Harmanpreet Kaur’s record breaking inning

Harmanpreet hit 7 sixes; the joint 2nd most by any Woman in an ODI innings.

Harmanpreet Kaur of India
Harmanpreet Kaur of India. (Photo by Harry Trump-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Harmanpreet Kaur played one of the most devastating innings ever in ODI cricket against Australia in Women’s World Cup semi-final which will end up among the greatest ever in the history given the occasion. She blasted an unbeaten 171 off just 115 balls with help of 20 fours and 7 sixes facing the mighty Aussie bowling attack.

Harmanpreet was batting on 58 in 70 balls but scored 123 runs in the next 45 balls she faced at an insane strike rate of 273.33. With help of her innings, India cruised to 281/4 in the restricted 42 overs after a delayed start, about 70 runs more than what one would have expected after the kind of start they got.


Her inning of 171 is the highest by an Indian in Women’s World Cup; 62 more than the previous best of 109 scored by Mithali Raj against New Zealand in their previous game. Overall, this is the 5th highest individual score in Women’s ODI cricket and the 2nd highest by an Indian Women behind Deepti Sharma’s 188-run effort against Ireland a couple of months ago.

Highest individual scores in Women’s ODI cricket:

Player Country Runs Balls faced Opposition Ground Date
BJ Clark Australia 229* 155 Denmark Mumbai 16-Dec-1997
DB Sharma India 188 160 Ireland Potchefstroom 15-May-2017
AC Jayangani Sri lanka 178* 143 Australia Bristol 29-Jun-2017
CM Edwards England 173* 155 Ireland Pune 16-Dec-1997
H Kaur  India 171* 115 Australia Derby 20-Jul-2017
SR Taylor West Indies 171 137 Sri Lanka Mumbai 3-Feb-2013


Kaur’s 171* is now the highest individual score in a Women’s ODI knockout game overhauling the previous highest of 108* by Mithali Raj in 2006 Asia Cup final by 63 runs. Prior to the Indian right-hander only Australia’s Karen Rolton had scored a century in Women’s World Cup knockout game. Rolton had scored 107* vs India in the 2005 WWC final. Harmanpreet’s effort stands as the 4th highest in the ODI knockout games including Men’s ODIs as well. She, in fact, became the first ever Indian to score a 150+ in an ODI knockout match.

Highest individual scores in ODI knockouts: (Men’s and Women’s cricket)

Player Team Runs Balls faced Opposition Ground Date
MJ Guptill New Zealand 237* 163  West Indies Wellington 21-Mar-2015
ST Jayasuriya Sri Lanka 189 161  India Sharjah 29-Oct-2000
ME Waugh Australia 173 148  West Indies Melbourne 9-Feb-2001
H Kaur India Women 171* 115  Australia Women Derby 20-Jul-2017
DA Warner Australia 163 157  Sri Lanka Brisbane 4-Mar-2012


During her mammoth inning, Harmanpreet hit 7 sixes; the joint 2nd most by any Woman in an ODI innings. Suzie Bates hit 9 sixes in a league game of this WWC edition. Overall, Kaur was the 3rd player to hit 7 or more sixes in an innings in the Women’s World Cup with all the three recorded in the ongoing edition.

Most sixes hit in a Women’s ODI innings:

Player Country Runs BF Fours Sixes Opposition Ground Date
SFM Devine New Zealand 93 41 7 9 Pakistan Taunton 8-Jul-2017
DJS Dottin West Indies 95 83 5 7 Pakistan Dhaka 26-Nov-2011
L Lee South Africa 102 89 6 7 Australia Sydney 23-Nov-2016
L Lee South Africa 87 71 6 7 Bangladesh Cox’s Bazar 12-Jan-2017
L Lee South Africa 92 65 10 7 India Leicester 8-Jul-2017
H Kaur  India 171* 115 20 7 Australia Derby 20-Jul-2017


(Stats as on July 20, 2017)