'More big shots' - Harmanpreet Kaur's solution to cramps

Carrie Guzman
November 10, 2018

Kaur also stitched a sensational 134-run partnership with Jemimah Rodrigues who also scored her fourth T20 half-century, hitting 59 off 45 deliveries. "I was not looking at how many runs I was getting, I was looking at how many we needed to win the game".

India were in a spot of bother when Hemalatha was dismissed, and another wicket would have only added to their worry.

Harmanpreet, whose scintillating 171 against Australia in the World Cup semifinal a year ago remains fresh in the memory, looked comfortable from the word go and, in the company of Jemimah, built the innings with consummate ease. When I went initially I took my time, she was getting runs for us.

The right-hander also revealed that she was uncomfortable taking singles and twos and hence, chose to go for the big shots instead of investing too much energy on running between the wickets.

A young Indian squad will aim to emerge from the shadows of a winless past when it launches its bid for a maiden title with a tough opener against New Zealand in the first standalone Women's World T20 starting on Friday. When asked about whether she can improve her big-hitting prowess even further, the Indian captain said: "Yes, why not?"

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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.

Chasing a stiff target, New Zealand were off to flyer with the seasoned Suzie Bates (67 off 50 balls) and Anna Peterson (14) racing to 52 in just under seven over.

"Yeah, when she [Rodrigues] got her first boundary, she was looking very good, the way she played that cover drive", Harmanpreet said.

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

Electing to bat after winning the toss, India found themselves in a vulnerable position, tottering at 40/3 by the sixth over, after losing the top three batswomen - Taniya Bhatia (9), Smriti Mandhana (2) and Dayalan Hemalatha (15), cheaply.

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