Four years ago in 2017 on this day, Harmanpreet Kaur played a match-winning inning of 171 runs in the semi-finals of the Women's ODI World Cup. Kaur had scored 171 runs in just 115 balls in the World Cup semi-final against Australia at the County Ground in Derby. The match was reduced to 42 overs due to rain. India had won the toss and Mithali Raj-led team decided to bat first.
At one time the situation in India was bad. The team's score in the 10th over was 35/2. Smriti Mandhana (6) and Poonam Raut (14) were cheaply sent back to the pavilion by the Kangaroo team. After this Harmanpreet came on the field. He shared a great partnership with Mithali Raj as captain. Both shared a partnership of 66 runs. Mithali (36) returned to the pavilion in the 25th over.
Harmanpreet hit 20 fours and seven sixes in his innings
After this Harmanpreet got the support of Deepti Sharma. Both the batsmen shared 137 runs for the fourth wicket. Right-handed batsman Harmanpreet hit 20 fours and seven sixes in her innings as the Indian team posted a strong total of 281/4 in 42 overs. The Indian team was successful in defending this target.
Team India lost in the final against hosts England
The team bundled out Australia for 245 runs. Deepti Sharma took three, while Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey took two wickets each. With this Team India entered the final of the tournament and Harmanpreet was declared the player of the match. However, the Mithali Raj-led team lost in the final against hosts England at Lord's Cricket Ground.
A look at Harmanpreet's career
Harmanpreet Kaur has made 2568 in 107 ODIs at an average of 34.7. This includes three centuries and 12 half-centuries. At the same time, in 117 T20s, he scored 2254 runs at an average of 26.8. This includes one century and 6 half-centuries.
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