Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Harmanpreet Kaur- led Team India is all set to take on Pakistan

Harmanpreet Kaur- led Team India is all set to take on Pakistan

The hitting was incredible and the sixes unbelievably monstrous, making Harmanpreet Kaur the first Indian woman to record a century in the format and propelling her team to a 34-run win over New Zealand in the World T20 opener Friday.

"Yesterday, I was having a little bit back problem".

Thanks to the sparkling 103-run knock by skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, India marked a comfortable win against the Kiwi's and they are expected to pile on the misery on fragile Pakistan, who lost to Australia by 52 runs. The eight sixes in an innings is the most by an Indian in T20Is.

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The White Ferns' spin-heavy attack was shown no mercy by India in a heavy defeat to open their Women's World Twenty20 campaign in the West Indies. "In the morning, I was not feeling well, when I came to the ground I was feeling a little low and getting some cramps". "The Powerplay - I don't think we got the kind of start we expect our batters to give", she said.

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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. Then I thought instead of running too much, if I could I get more big shot. because you run too much, you get more cramps.

During the course of her innings the 29-year-old became the first Indian woman to score a hundred in a T20 global game but Kaur said she had no clue about the record. "Then I told Jemi (Jemimah Rodrigues), "if you give the strike to me, I can go for more big shots", the skipper revealed. "(Regarding my batting) I needed to settle down", Harmanpreet said after the convincing win.

New Zealand 160 for nine off 20 overs (Suzie Bates 67, Katey Martin 39; Dayalan Hemalatha 3 -26, Poonam Yadav 3-33, Radha Yadav 2-31).

ICC Women's World T20 2018: The stage is all set for the mother of all battles, India vs Pakistan, which will be played today at Guyana's Providence Stadium in South Africa and the match will commence at 7 pm (IST).

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