In the ongoing women’s world cup, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur scored the centuries and made the netizens say ‘what a knock’ on Twitter. The two batters registered an over 100-run partnership and propelled their team to a commendable score of 317. Batting first, Indian opener Smriti Mandhana looked in an impeccable form, putting bad balls away for some glorious boundaries to end up at 123 runs at just 119 balls with as many as 13 boundaries.

Although she didn’t get enough support from the other end initially, middle order batter Harmanpreet Kaur played a timely knock of 109 off 107 deliveries with 10 boundaries and two maximums. Indian Team captain Mithali Raj couldn’t score big and departed at the score of 5, while opener Yastika Bhatia played a quickfire 31-run inning which had 6 boundaries.

In its response, the West Indian women’s team never got the start it needed, nor did it have batters like Smriti and Harmanpreet who can steady their sinking ship. At the time of writing this article, West Indies were playing at 145 for 7 wickets.

The Facts of the Matter

After its underwhelming performance against New Zealand at the ongoing Women’s World Cup, the Indian team needed to return to its former glorious self to stay in the tournament. It was able to do just that thanks to opener Smriti Mandhana and middle order batter Harmanpreet Kaur’s centuries. The two batters decided to take the West Indian women’s bowling unit to task, and helped India propel to a laudable score of 317.

Glorious Return after Insipid Performance Against New Zealand

After the abysmal performance against New Zealand, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur set a slew of records in their 3rd ODI against West Indies at Hamilton’s Seddon Park. The duo looked to be in an exceptional form, adding 184 runs for the 4th wicket. Their partnership is the highest for Indian women’s team at the World Cup, and fourth highest ever in women’s ODI history.

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Harmanpreet Kaur: 1st Batter to Hit 3 Centuries in WWC

Meanwhile, middle-order batter Harmanpreet Kaur became the first ever Indian batter to hit more than two centuries in Women’s World Cup. She whizzed past the records of her captain Mithali Raj, and Smriti Mandhana who was playing some glorious shots on the other hand. Smriti and Mithali have the record of scoring two centuries each at Women’s World Cup.

Batting first, Indian openers Smriti and Yastika showed that the pitch was relatively easy to bat on and made full use of a lackluster West Indian bowling unit. Their 49-run partnership was broken with the dismissal of Yastika who was caught and bowled by Shakera Selman for 31.

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How Smriti & Harmanpreet Kaur took WI Bowlers to Task

Soon, an array of wickets started falling with Mithali and Deepti departing quickly, leaving India reeling at 78/3. Thankfully, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana steadied themsevles at the crease and took their fair share of time in process.

However, they quickly turned the gears and soon, overs with at least two and and often, overs with three boundaries started emerging. Both the batters hit their half centuries soon and showed no signs of slowing down.

India End at 317/8

Adding 184 runs for the fourth wicket, Smriti and Harmanpreet both scored their centuries and it was the former who was finally dismissed for 123. Harmanpreet didn’t get enough support from the other end with wickets falling on regular interval. India ultimately ended its inning with a commendable 317/8.

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Netizens React to Smriti Mandhana & Harmanpreet Kaur’s Knocks


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