Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur led from the front in 2nd ODI vs England to smash her fifth hundred in the format. Harman was a sight to behold as she played shots all round the park to take team a massive total in the 50 overs England won the toss and asked India to bat first at St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury. India got off to a shaky start, losing Shafali Verma for just 10 but Smriti Mandhana, at the other, was looking in great touch. She had Yastika Bhatia steadied the innings, Bhatia departed for 26 and soon Mandhana too fell for 40 made off 51 balls. Mandhana’s innings included 4 fours and 1 six.
It was then that Harmanpreet and Harleen Deol came together to stitch a 113-run stand for the 4th wicket. Deol scored 58 off 72 balls and departed but Harman continued the good show. She started off slowly but then picked the run-scoring speed in the death overs, completing her hundred in 100 balls.
She eventually finished 143 with off 111 balls as India posted 333/5 in 50 overs. What impresed the fans the most as thanks to Harman, India slammed 62 runs in last 3 overs of the innings.
Harmanpreet’s knock was welcomed by the Indian fans, who went in awe of the India captain. Take a look at the reactions below:
An outstanding 1__0__ 0__ by captain @ImHarmanpreet
Hundred for Harmanpreet Kaur, captain fantastic, she has been incredible in ODI this year, 5 fifties and 2 hundreds from just 15 innings.
Well played Harry__@ImHarmanpreet
— CricwormAnna (@CricAnna2) September 21, 2022
Fifth odi century for Harmanpreet Kaur
Her 2nd hundred against England
Showing her ‘____’ strength _@ImHarmanpreet completes her second consecutive 5__0__* with her trademark ___ _
How impressed are you with __ skipper’s performance? _#ENGvIND #HarmanpreetKaur #TeamIndia #SirfSonyPeDikhega #SonySportsNetwork pic.twitter.com/KM2DXcLMP1
— Sony Sports Network (@SonySportsNetwk) September 21, 2022
What a knock from Harmanpreet Kaur _ Such a controlled _ which has put India in a great position to win the series today! She really is in the form of her life! #ENGvIND __________ @ImHarmanpreet pic.twitter.com/P1MhKgfLQ8
— Nikesh Rughani (@NikeshRughani) September 21, 2022
The year is 2050.
Everyone is still talking about her 171* from the 2017 WC.
But some will make an effort to point out that the most consistent years of Harmanpreet Kaur the batter began circa early 2022.
Sixty-one-year-old Harmanpreet would, hopefully, nod in agreement.
— Annesha Ghosh (@ghosh_annesha) September 21, 2022
This is also India’s highest ODI score vs England women. It is also the second highest total conceded by England ever in this format. It took a special Harmanpreet effort to make it possible and when she walked back unbeaten, the crowd stood on their feet to applaud the batter. That was a knock where there were almost no flaws. Harman kept on rotating strike at the start and then began clean hitting, hitting 18 fours and 4 sixes. This was one of the best knocks you would ever see on a cricket field, across men and women’s cricket.