When Harmanpreet Kaur scores a century in England, it is going to be special.
The Indian captain remained unbeaten on a sensational 143* off 111 balls with 18 fours and four sixes as she powered her side to a huge total in Canterbury the second One-Day International against England.
She hit 18 runs in the final over of the match as India reached 333/5 in 50 overs. This was India’s highest-ever ODI total against England.
India won the match by 88 runs with 34 balls to spare to clinch the series 2-0. The final match is on Saturday at Lord’s. With the series part of the ICC Women’s Championship, India added two more points to their tally with five wins out of five matches played.
The innings was filled with solid partnerships, a 113-run stand for the fourth wicket with Harleen Deol (first ODI half century, 58 off 72 balls), then 50 with Pooja Vastrakar (18) off just 36 balls and finally, another 71 runs off 24 balls with Deepti Sharma (15 not out) for the unbroken sixth wicket stand.
India scored 62 runs off the last three overs.
This was Harmanpreet Kaur’s fifth ODI century and the second of 2022 – a year that is turning out to be the best in her career by quite the distance. Her previous ODI century in England was when she scored 171* against Australia in the semifinal of the 2017 World Cup.
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In reply, England lost three early wickets with Tammy Beaumont, Emma Lamb and Sophia Dunkley falling. Harmanpreet had a fine evening overall, starting of the defence with a direct hit and then making great bowling changes through the night. Alice Capsey, Danni Wyatt and Amy Jones provided a good middle phase of the match to England. But Wyatt and Jones fell in quick succession either side of the 30-over mark to snuff out any hopes they had.