Coming into the ICC Women’s World Cup semifinal, Harmanpreet Kaur had 137 runs from five innings. On Wednesday (July 20) in Derby, over the course of 115 deliveries, she easily surpassed that in one knock.
The vice-captain’s 171 not out against Australia was, given the opposition and the occasion and the cramps she was battling, arguably the greatest One-Day International knock from an Indian. It helped her country, who were 35 after the first Power Play of nine overs, to 281 for 4 against one of the best chasing sides, after Mithali Raj chose to bat in a rain-curtailed match. (Read the match report.)
Harmanpreet had come onto the field under grey skies, when the floodlights had just been turned on. When she walked off to roaring applause from a vocal crowd packed with Indian supporters and hugs from her teammates, the field was bathed in bright sunshine.
— Charlotte Edwards (@Lottie2323) July 20, 2017
Here are some of the numbers from Harmanpreet’s remarkable knock:
Her 171 came off 115 balls and included 20 fours and seven sixes. It was her third ODI ton and the first outside India.
The seven sixes were the most ever hit by an Indian in an innings. The previous record was four, by MD Thirushkamini against Ireland earlier this year. Nobody else has hit more than two. The second glorious one that not only cleared the midwicket boundary but the fence around the ground, brought up the 100th of the tournament.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 20, 2017
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) July 20, 2017
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 20, 2017
Harmanpreet’s first fifty took 64 balls; the second fifty came off 26 balls; the third 50 was just 17 balls. She got to the 150 in a sequence that read 4 6 6 4 4 2 0 4 4 0 6 4 1 4.
It is only the second 150-plus innings by an Indian, after Deepti Sharma’s 188 earlier this year. Deepti’s contribution to their 137-run partnership on Thursday was 25. The youngster got an earful from her senior when Harmanpreet, mistakenly as it turned out, thought she had run herself out.
The 171* is the fourth-highest individual score in Women’s World Cups, and the highest by an Indian.
Highest scores in Women’s World Cups:
|Belinda Clark||229*||155||Australia||Denmark||Mumbai||16 Dec 1997|
|Chamari Athapaththu||178*||143||Sri Lanka||Australia||Bristol||29 Jun 2017|
|Charlotte Edwards||173*||155||England||Ireland||Pune||16 Dec 1997|
|Harmanpreet Kaur||171*||115||India||Australia||Derby||20 Jul 2017|
|Stafanie Taylor||171||137||West Indies||Sri Lanka||Mumbai||3 Feb 2013|
71.3% of her runs came in boundaries. She made 60.85% of her team’s runs. That is the third biggest contribution to the team score.
Highest percentage of team score:
|Name||Score||Team Score||% Score||For||Against||Venue||Date|
|Chamari Athapaththu||178*||257/9||69.26||Sri Lanka||Australia||Bristol||29 June 2017|
|Lynne Thomas||70*||113||61.94||International XI||India||Napier||17 Jan 1982|
|Harmanpreet Kaur||171*||281/4||60.85||India||Australia||Derby||20 July 2017|
|Annemarie Tanke||41||68||60.29||Netherland||Pakistan||Stellenbosch||22 Feb 2008|
|Debbie Hockley||100||167||59.88||New Zealand||Australia||Melbourne||06 Feb 2000|
India’s 281 was their highest score against Australia, and the second-highest ever against the world champions. New Zealand’s 288 for 6 came in 50 overs, while India were playing a match reduced to 42 overs by rain.