Women in Blue beat White Ferns to kick-off their WC 2018 campaign
By Juili Ballal (https://pocketsizeddynamo.blogspot.com/) - November 11, 2018
Riding on a scintillating, blitzkrieg knock of India captain Harmanpreet Kaur, the Women in Blue posted a massive total of 194-5 in 20 overs against New Zealand on Friday at Providence Stadium, Guyana. Kaur smashed 103 off 51 at a strike rate of over 200, peppering the boundary rope with seven fours and eight sixes. Harmanpreet became the first Indian Women to score a T20 century. Alongside the skipper, 18-year old Jemimah Rodrigues had a dream start to her debut World Cup match with a delightful 59 off 45. Rodrigues and Kaur stitched a solid partnership of 134 runs in just 76 balls.
The White Ferns had a tough day at work as the Indians were firing on all cylinders. Tahuhu was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand as she got rid off the Indian openers cheaply.
In reply, New Zealand managed to score 160-9 in 20 overs, courtesy Suzie Bates (67 off 50) stellar performance right at the top of the order. Wicket-keeper Katey Martin chipped in with a quickfire 39 off 25, but in the end the White Ferns felt short of 34 runs. Indian spinners dominated the opposition as Dayalan Hemalatha and Poonam Yadav grabbed three wickets apiece. For her match winning knock, Harmanpreet Kaur clinched the Player of the Match trophy. Unequivocally, the Indians outperformed the New Zealanders in all departments and they will definitely look to repeat the feat when they lock horns against their arch rivals Pakistan on Sunday.
Brief Score: India Women 194-5 in 20 overs (H Kaur 103, J Rodrigues 59; L Tahuhu 2-18) beat New Zealand Women 160-9 in 20 overs (S Bates 67, K Martin 39; D Hemalatha 3-26, P Yadav 3-33) by 34 runs
Picture Courtesy: India Today