Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur set an array of records as they hit a hundred each to help India post 317/8 in their 3rd match of Women’s World Cup 2022 against the West Indies at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. After an insipid show against hosts New Zealand on Thursday, India stormed back with the bat to prove their naysayers wrong on Saturday.
While Smriti Mandhana hit 123 in just 119 balls, Harmanpreet Kaur smashed 109 jn 107 balls, hitting 23 boundaries and 4 sixes between them. The two added 184-run stand for the 4th wicket as India recovered from 78/3 to post a score in excess of 300.
The partnership of 184 between Smriti and Harmanpreet is the highest for India at the Women’s World Cup and their 4th highest stand in ODI cricket.
Meanwhile, Harmanrpeet Kaur also became the first Indian batter to hit more than 2 hundreds in Women’s World Cups. She overtook her batting partner Smriti Mandhana and captain MIthali Raj, who had an off-day with the bat against the West Indies on Saturday. Both Smriti and Mithali have 2 hundreds each at the World Cups.
MOST HUNDREDS AT WOMEN’S WORLD CUPS
Janette Brittin (England) – 4 hundreds in 36 matches
Charlotte Edwards (England) – 4 hundreds in 30 matches
Suzie Bates (New Zealand) – 3 hundreds in 23 matches
Harmanpreet Kaur (India) – 3 hundreds in 22 matches
Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana’s 123 is the highest total posted by an Indian batter against the West Indies. The India opener also went past captain Mithali for the most hundreds outside India – 5.