Harmanpreet Kaur's 171* is the fourth-highest individual score in World Cups, and the highest by an Indian. ©GettyImages

Harmanpreet Kaur’s 171* is the fourth-highest individual score in World Cups, and the highest by an Indian. ©Getty Images

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.

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.

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:

Name Score Balls Faced For Against Venue Date
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.