harmanpreet kaur news: Harmanpreet Kaur powers India women to first series win in England in 23 years

Captain Harmanpreet Kaur scored a scintillating unbeaten century to guide India to a comprehensive 88-run victory in the second ODI, marking the country’s first series win against England since 1999.

A vintage Harmanpreet relived memories of the 2017 World Cup with an unbeaten 143 that came off just 111 balls as India posted a mammoth 333 for 5.

India bundled out England for 245 in 44.5 overs on Wednesday night with the help of medium pacer Renuka Singh (4/57).

Danny Wyatt’s 58-ball 65 was the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing performance by England’s batsmen.

The last time Indian women won an ODI series in England was in 1999 when they won 2-1.

Chasing a fine total, England needed a quick start but Renuka denied them by dismissing two top-order batsmen in Emma Lamb (15) and Sofia Dunkley (1).

Tammy Beaumont (6) was run out as the hosts were reduced to 47 for 3 by the end of the eighth over.

Alice Capsi (39) and Wyatt added 55 runs for the fourth wicket and Wyatt then put on another 65-run partnership with captain Amy Jones (39) before England chased down Renuka in the 30th over. Clean bowled to Wyatt.

In the end, Charlie Dean (37) and Kate Cross (14) tried their best but India registered a resounding victory.

Sent in to bat, Harmanpreet hit 18 fours and four sixes in her 111-ball knock and enjoyed a scintillating 112-run partnership with Harleen Deol (58 off 72 balls) for the fourth wicket.

He shared an unbroken sixth-wicket partnership of 50 with Pooja Vastrakar (18) and 71 runs in four overs with Deepti Sharma (15 not out).

However, it was in the last three overs that Harmanpreet literally took the game away from England’s grip as a target of 334 runs in a women’s ODI always looked impossible, even if the pitch was a batting belt.

In the last three overs, the Indian team scored 62 runs courtesy their captain, who was in high touch as he reached his fifth century in women’s ODIs.

The innings saw Harmanpreet’s trademark slog sweep sweep over the cow corner, getting her some sixes, while there were disdainful sixes on the cover area.

With little help offered from the pitch for the bowlers, it was very easy to hit through the line and England’s bowling attack ended with only off-spinner Charlie Dean (1/39) with respectable figures.

The worst victim was left-arm seamer Freya Kemp, who performed decently till the end of his seventh over, conceding only 28 runs.

Such was Harmanpreet’s dominance that Deepti Sharma, who still holds the individual record (188) by an Indian batsman in women’s ODIs, was more of a spectator during her sixth-wicket stand.

Brief Scores: India Women 333/5 in 50 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 143 not out, Harleen Deol 58, Freya Kemp 1/82).

England: 245 all out in 44.2 overs (Danny Wyatt 65; Renuka Singh 4/57).

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