India getting off to a strong start, recording a 34-run win over New Zealand at the Providence Stadium in Guyana to collect two points.
Indian Skipper Harmanpreet hit 103, first Indian to score a century in T20 International to guide India to 194/5 – the highest total in event history. Harmanpreet Kaur is the first Indian skipper to win a player of the match award in Women’s World T20.
It’s all over. Riding on fine ton by skipper Harmanpreet and deadly performance by bowlers in unison, India comfortably beat New Zealand by 34 runs to kick off their ICC Women’s World T20. The Player of the Match, to no one’s surprise, is captain Harmanpreet Kaur who smashed India’s first women’s T20I century. Her 103 off 51 is India’s highest T20I score as well. Dayalan Hemalatha (3-26) and Poonam Yadav (3-33) starred with the ball.
After a brilliant display with the bat, a combined bowling effort helped India restrict New Zealand 160 for nine in 20 overs. Chasing a mammoth target of 195, New Zealand got off to a solid start but lost the momentum after losing three wickets in quick succession. The Indian spinners, then bowled superbly in the middle overs, not allowing the batters to score runs freely. The required run rate kept on increasing for New Zealand and the batters eventually succumbed under the pressure.
The required run rate kept on increasing for New Zealand and the batters eventually succumbed under the pressure. Suzie Bates (67) was the top scorer for the team. Towards the end, Katey Martin (39) played a brilliant knock but failed to take her team across the line. Radha Yadav (2-31) and Arundhati Reddy (1-36) were the other wicket takers for India.
Indian Team will face arch-rivals Pakistan in what promises to be a cracker of a contest!