Big player thrives on biggest challenge, Moga girl HarmanPreet just lived that adage in the Semi Finals of the Womens Cricket World Cup at Derby. Scoring the 4th highest runs in the CWC, she scored a brisk 171 in 119 deliveries taking India to a mammoth 281 in 42 overs.
HarmanPreets story is of guts, gumption and an eventual glory if Indians want to play at Lords on July 23rd. Harman scored 14th century of this world cup and certainly the most attractive. Innings had cuts, drives, lofts and slaps all crossing the boundary with considerable ease. With this India looks far more challenging with 281 on board that will put the defending world champions in pressure. Mandhana and Raut failed again, scored 6 & 14 runs but skipper Mithali steadied the Indian innings scoring 36 and steadied the Indian line up.
Four Positives Emerge from Indians Innings:
a) Toss & Ground : Indians won the toss in their most important match and elected to bat. Predictably Favorite decision of Mithali Raj. Indians liked to . Derby proves to be the most successful ground for India in the past 44 years of World Cup.
b) Biggest Score : India clearly surpassed expectation in the rain marred match. This is the joint second highest score in the history of world cup for India, however this time India scored in 42 overs.
c) Accelerating : This is most attacking Indians have ever played against Australians. Wickets feel in the first few overs but that did not deter Indians from crossing boundaries. In the first ten overs, Indians scored 36 for 2. In 20th overs 70 for 2. 30th 132 / 3 & in 42 over 281.
d) Harman Achieves Greatness : This is Harmans 3rd World Cup and marks the beginning of her greatness. She scored, 20 fours and seven sixes another record of sorts. She also forged partnerships along her way. With skipper Mithali she scored 66 Runs in 94 balls partnership rescued the dwindling Indian innings. With Deepti accelerated to 137 runs in 80 deliveries. Lastly with Veda Krishnamurthy 43 in 28 balls. In last Last 10 overs Indians scored 129, a record in World Cup.