Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

India win opener with Harmanpreet`s

India win opener with Harmanpreet`s

With New Zealand beaten, India's next game is against Pakistan on November 11, and Harmanpreet said they needed to work on their batting in the Powerplay - India were 41 for 3 after six overs against New Zealand. "And to be honest, I was nervous. and I'm also human, I also get nervous", Harmanpreet said. And if you don't have the right people at the top of it, as India have shown with their three in Rohit (Sharma), Shikhar (Dhawan) and whenever Virat (Kohli) is there, they have that balance.

"Good game but we still have a long way to go". Opting to bat after the coin landed in her favour at the Providence Stadium, Harmanpreet was required to walk into the middle early, at the fall of debutant Dayalan Hemalatha's wicket in only the sixth over.

The right-hander also revealed that she was uncomfortable taking singles and twos and hence, made a decision to go for the big shots instead of investing too much energy on running between the wickets. She added that the win against the Kiwis means a lot for the team.

The 100-run partnership was up in quick time, after the duo scored 16 runs in one of the overs in the back 10. "Everyone respects Anisa and she's just a big part of the team". The India captain struck a quite breathtaking hundred to power India to 194/5 in their allotted 20 overs in the first match of the Women's T20 World Cup.

In addition to Dottin, much of the spotlight will be on another veteran, off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, whose 98 matches and 113 wickets, make her the most experienced bowler in the side.

Kaur belted a 51-ball 103, laced with seven boundaries and eight sixes, and more importantly raised a record 134-run fourth wicket stand with the young Jemimah Rodrigues (59 off 45 balls; 4X7) to bail India out of a troubled start.

However, Bates, who became the highest run-getter in T20 Internationals, could not find support at the other end as New Zealand were reduced to 93 for four in the 13th over.

The contest was as good as over for New Zealand after Bates' dismissal and India kept up the pressure on their opponents.

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