Women's ODI: Harmanpreet smashes unbeaten 143 as India crush England

Harmanpreet Kaur
Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur plays a shot during the 2nd Women's ODI against England at St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury on Wednesday. Photo: PTI

Canterbury: Riding on skipper Harmanpreet Kaur's unbeaten 143, India crushed England by 88 runs in the 2nd Women's ODI here on Wednesday.

Chasing a target of 334, England were bowled out for 245 with Renuka Singh taking four wickets and Dayalan Hemalatha bagging two. For the hosts, Danielle Wyatt top scored with 65 runs.

Earlier, Harmanpreet had rekindled the memories of 2017 World Cup with a magnificent 143 not out as Indian women amassed their highest ever overseas total of 333/ 5.

Harmanpreet smashed 18 fours and four sixes en route her 111-ball knock and also enjoyed a fine 112-run stand for the fourth wicket with Harleen Deol (58 off 72 balls).

She also added 50 with Pooja Vastrakar (18) and another 71 runs in four overs with Deepti Sharma (15 not out) for the unbroken sixth wicket stand.

However, it was in the last three overs in which Harmanpreet literally took the game away from England's grasp as a total of 334 being chased in a WODI looks improbable even though the pitch being a batting belter.

In the last three overs, Indian team scored 62 runs, courtesy its skipper, who was in imperious touch while reaching her fifth hundred in WODIs.

The innings had Harmanpreet's trademark slog sweeps over cow corner which fetched him a couple of sixes while there were disdainful sixes over cover region.

With the pitch offering little help for bowlers, hitting through the line was very easy and England's bowling attack did suffer a bit with only off-spinner Charlie Dean (1/39) ending with respectable figures.

The worst sufferer was debutant left-arm seamer Freya Kemp, who did decently till the end of her seventh over in which she had conceded only 28 runs.

However, in the last three overs, Harmanpreet hit her for boundaries to every single corner as Kemp ended with nightmarish figures of 1/82 at the end of 10 overs. It was the worst performance by an England women's team debutant.

Such was Harmanpreet's dominance that Deepti Sharma, who still holds the individual record (188) by an Indian batter in WODIs, was more of a spectator during their sixth wicket stand.

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