India Women’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur rose to the occasion in the second ODI against England on Wednesday, as she hit an incredible 143 from just 111 deliveries. Her mammoth century helped India clinch a historic victory as they sealed the ODI series with a match to go. Harmanpreet hit a run-a-ball hundred before crushing 43 of her next 11 deliveries. Her incredible display of hitting included 18 limits and four sixes. It was the fifth ODI century of the Indian captain.
Harmanpreet’s stunning knock caused both players and fans to go wild on social media.
“If you’re in shape, make it count, and that’s what Harmanpreet is doing this year. He’s standing up again in an important game. Congratulations on a special hundred,” tweeted former Indian batter Wasim Jaffer.
“What a magnificent innings from @ImHarmanpreet! An undefeated and entertaining knockout of 143 with 18 fours, 4 sixes. Keep shining,” tweeted former India spinner Amit Mishra.
“Harmanpreet Thor,” Rajasthan Royals wrote.
If you’re in shape, make it count, and that’s what Harmanpreet is doing this year. Gets up again in an important game. Congratulations on a special hundred @ImHarmanpreet #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/0hZBoNXBSI
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) September 21, 2022
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) September 21, 2022
Harmanpreet Thor. pic.twitter.com/xVHkYFqhNS
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) September 21, 2022
runs from the last 11 deliveries
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 21, 2022
A memorable knock from Harmanpreet Kaur, 143* from just 111 balls, including 18 fours and 4 sixes.
Masterclass by Captain Kaur. pic.twitter.com/UPoLj5HMSG
— Jans. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 21, 2022
Harmanpreet Kaur in the last 11 balls – 6.4,4,6,4,1,6,4,4,4.0. She scored 43 runs in those 11 balls. Madness of Harmanpreet!
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 21, 2022
A knock that had it all: perfect placement, sweeping movements, air valve drive. Bow, Harmanpreet Kaur! She just showed how to play the game thoroughly and eventually flares up.#ENGvsIND
— Prajakta (@18prajakta) September 21, 2022
What an incredible innings by Indian W captain Harmanpreet Kaun scored solid 143 runs with 18 (4s) and 4 (6s).
Ind w set the goal of 334 runs for Eng W. She played great shot in every corner. #indwvengw #indwvsengw #HarmanpreetKaur #CricketTwitter #EngvInd #Indiaw pic.twitter.com/9SnpRT19Vj
— KAPIL DEV TAMRAKAR (@kapildevtmkr) September 21, 2022
— Aditya Sisaudiya (@adityathakur7_) September 21, 2022
After Smriti Mandhana fell for 40 after giving India a good start with Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet took over the task of bringing the visitors to a strong total after England won the toss and opted to bowl.
Harmanpreet found support in Harleen Deol, who scored 58 out of 72. The two made 113 runs for the fourth wicket.
Pooja Vastrakar and Deepti Sharma then played handy cameos as the skipper did the heavy lifting.
Harmanpreet’s 143* propelled India to 333/5.
If her brilliance with the bat wasn’t enough, Harmanpreet also delivered a brilliant direct hit from the middle to provoke English opener Tammy Beaumont and give India the first breakthrough.
Indian bowlers then dominated, and despite half a century from Danni Wyatt (65) and good strokes of 39 each by Alice Capsey and Amy Jones, England were knocked out for 245. Spinner Charlie Dean (37) also put in some lower order resistance, but she became the last wicket to fall.
Renuka Singh was the star with the ball and took four wickets.
This is India Women’s first win in England’s ODI series since 1999.
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