Sakshi Jain ∙ Sep 22 2022, 12:30 AM

Amy Jones lauds Harmanpreet Kaur for her sensational performance

image-l8c3bf4kHarmanpreet Kaur (PC: Twitter)

India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur entertained the fans with one of the finest knocks in the history of Women’s cricket in One Day International at St Lawrence Ground. Her blistering knock of 143 runs off 111 balls made the crowd go berserk as many of them gave a standing ovation to the visiting skipper.

India Women had a torrid start during their white-ball tour to England. They lost the three-match T20I series by 1-2. Thus, playing the 50-over format, the captain took it on herself to help India cross the line. The first One Day International saw scintillating performances by Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet as they smacked 91 and 74 runs, respectively.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s century against England Women

The visitors continued the rhythm in the second game as well to register a victory by a massive 88 runs. Put to bat first, India had a forgettable start in the second One Day International as they lost their opening batter, Shafali Verma, at eight runs. Meanwhile, wicketkeeper Yastika also walked back after scoring 26 runs.

What followed after that was a Harmanpreet Kaur show as he smacked the ball all over the park to take India to a score of 88 runs. The captain stitched some crucial partnerships during the game with Smriti, Harleen Deol, Pooja Vastrakar, and Deepti Sharma. She stayed till the very end to slam 143 runs off 111 balls. The 33-year-old’s knock was laced with 18 boundaries and four maximums.

Jones sings praises for the Indian skipper

It would not be wrong to say that Harmanpreet’s knock was the difference between India Women and England Women. The home skipper Amy Jones was all praises for the 33-year-old. She hailed the Indian skipper for finding gaps in the field and forming partnerships.

Speaking in the post-match presentation, Jones mentioned,

“Harman batted extremely well. We didn't get close enough, didn't get partnerships. She (Kaur) is very tough to bowl to, and for our young talents, this is a good learning. Wherever we bowled, she was finding the boundary.”

Meanwhile, some credit goes to the Indian bowlers as well as they restricted England to 245 runs. Renuka Singh was the pick of the bowler with four wickets at an economy rate of 5.7.

Though India have won the series by 2-0, they can not take the third One Day International lightly. The ODI series is a part of ICC Championship points and will play a crucial role in the team’s selection for the World Cup.

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