Harmanpreet Kaur has become the first Indian woman to record a century in the T20I format, making a staggering contribution to her team to beat New Zealand by 34 runs in ICC Women's World T20 opener Friday.
India captain Kaur, who was named man-of-the-match won the toss and opt to bat. The 29-year-old notched 103 off 52 deliveries after India loss three early wickets with just 40 runs on the board.
Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues added 134 runs off 76 balls for the team’s best fourth-wicket partnership to take India to a towering 194 for five in the provided 20 overs. Rodrigues hit 59 off 45 balls to become the youngest player at 18, to score a half-century in World T20 tournament.
Indian young bowlers too showed their tenacity on the field. Dayalan Hemalatha and Poonam Yadav got three wickets each. Radha Yadav took her second wicket from the last ball when wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia stumped Hayley Jensen
The Kiwis started their inning with a full swing, chasing a mammoth target of 195 runs. Veteran Suzie Bates (67 off 50 balls) and Anna Peterson (14) added gritty 52 runs to the scoreboard in just seven over.
However, they could reach only 160/9 in their stipulated 20 overs, easily giving up the game away to India.
With this victory, India Women registered the 50th win in T20Is.