Twitter Reactions: Harmanpreet Kaur decimates New Zealand to a 49-ball century

She scored merely five runs off her first 13 deliveries.

Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The first standalone Women’s World T20 in the West Indies got off to a glorious start with the match between India and New Zealand at Providence Stadium in Guyana. And it was the Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who hogged all the limelight with her century off 49 deliveries. The knock also helped her team post a colossal score of 194 for the loss of five wickets.

After winning the toss, India didn’t have any hesitation to bat first. However, they lost both the opening batswomen- Tania Bhatia and Smriti Mandhana- to fast bowler Lea Tahuhu inside the fielding restrictions. Dayalan Hemalatha scorched a couple of boundaries but fell prey to right-arm off-spinner Leigh Kasperk. The onus was thereafter on skipper Harmanpreet.

Kaur takes the White Ferns apart

She came in with the score at 40/3 in 5.4 overs. The 29-year-old didn’t blaze away and put her head down to gauge the conditions. She scored merely five runs off her first 13 deliveries after which she went berserk and notched the next 95 runs in just 36 balls. Kaur had teenage sensation Jemimah Rodrigues at the other end, who also contributed with a breezy 59 runs from 45 balls.

Harmanpreet brought up her ton in the last over off 49 balls. She eventually scored 103 runs from 51 balls with the help of seven boundaries and eight colossal hits over the ropes. Pacer Sophie Devine got rid of her in the last over, caught by wicketkeeper Katey Martin, but by then the swashbuckling batter from Punjab had already done a significant amount of damage.

The seasoned campaigner also became Indian women’s maiden T20I centurion while becoming the third batswoman after Windies’ Deandra Dottin and Australia’s Meg Lanning to amass a century in the Women’s World T20 ever since the event’s inception in 2009. In the meantime, Twitter heaped praises on the Indian captain for the batting masterclass.

Here is how Twitter reacted

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