Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

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

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

Sharma wrote: "What a start to women's t20 cricket World Cup.Brilliant batting by @JemiRodrigues to keep things calm in the middle & supporting @ImHarmanpreet who played an unbelievable knock to become 1st Indian women to score t20 hundred".

India chased down the target with six balls to spare, reaching 137 for three in 19 overs. Kaur took the girl in her arms and handed the girl over to the official.

Not considered among the top T20 teams in the world, India produced a power-packed performance, winning the opener against a formidable New Zealand side by 34 runs after skipper Harmanpreet Kaur's 51-ball 103.

The spinners accounted for eight of the nine New Zealand wickets with lone seamer Arundhati Reddy picking the other scalp. On the other side, senior player Mithali Raj's form will be a little headache for Harmanpreet Kaur as Mithali has scored 18 and 0 in last two games against England and Windies scoring 18 and 0 respectively.

Having struck seven boundaries, Rodrigues, at 18, became the youngest player to score a fifty in Word T20 tournament.

Harmanpreet, whose scintillating 171 against Australia in the World Cup semifinal past year remains fresh in the memory, looked comfortable from the word go and, in the company of Jemimah, built the innings with consummate ease.

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With the win on Sunday, India (with four points) made a big step towards making it to the semifinals from the five-team Group B. Two teams each from the two groups qualify for the semifinals.

Kaur's team need to win just one of their next two matches to all but book a place in the semi-finals.

New Zealand managed to get rid of the partnership with Jess Watkin getting the back of Jemimah and Sophie Devine dismissing Kaur, but by then the damage was done as India walked back with the highest ever total in a World T20 tie.

The contest was as good as over for New Zealand after Bates' dismissal and India kept up the pressure on their opponents.

The bowling department is also expected to keep up their decent work, especially the spin duo of Dayalan Hemalatha and Poonam Yadav, who shared six wickets between them in the previous match.

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