Harmanpreet Kaur's Power-Packed Maiden T20I Century Creates Record

Harmanpreet Kaur was just waiting for the big stage to showcase her power-hitting

Harmanpreet Kaur dazzled in the opening match of World T20 2018 with her maiden T20I century. Harmanpreet rose to the occasion and scored 103 runs off 51 deliveries to become the first Indian woman and 9th overall to score a century in T20I. She is the third captain to hit a ton in T20Is.

The Indian skipper started off slowly scoring just 5 runs off 13 deliveries. She paced her innings well and reached her half century from 30 deliveries. Afterwards she played a blinder scoring next 53 runs off just 20 deliveries and becoming the third fastest T20I centurion. Her innings was studded with 7 fours and 8 sixes, scoring at a strike rate of 201.96. Hence, hitting the third most number of sixes in a T20I innings.

After three quick wickets in the powerplay overs, the 29-year-old steadied the ship with youngster Jemimah Rodrigues. They shared a partnership of 134 runs for the fourth wicket. This is the highest fourth wicket partnership in World T20 history.

It is also the highest partnership for India in T20I cricket for any wicket. The New Zealand bowlers tried hard but could not break the partnership. The sublime batting effort also led to the highest partnership against the White Ferns in T20I.

The total of 194 for 5 was India’s highest innings total in T20Is in T20 World Cup and second overall. The total was the second-highest in the history of T20 World Cups. Also, the highest against New Zealand.

Here’s how Twitter bowed down to the magnificent knock:

Just double her pay already

Acceleration at it’s best

Always a step ahead

The statistic of the tournament

That’s how it should be

Every young cricket fan right now

From Hitman to Hitwoman

Two minutes silence for Harmanpreet

It seems like Harmanpreet saves her best for the big stage. In 2017 she scored 171 against Australia in ODI World Cup 2017. India would bank upon her to lead from the front and play a captain’s knock in situations like these if they are to reach their first ever finals in the tournament.

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