Indian women cricket team vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur with her unbeaten knock of 171 off 115-balls helped India to storm into finals of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup of Cricket. To reach the finals of the world cup, India defeated the Australian women’s team by 36 runs at Derby in England on 20 July 2017.
Harmanpreet hammered 20 fours and seven towering sixes during her blistering knock at the strike rate of 148.69, which is next only to New Zealand’s Suzie Bates’ 160.00 (she scored 168 against Pakistan in 2009).
With this score, she also bettered her previous ODI best score of 107 runs. Harmanpreet’s blistering century of unbeaten 171 runs is the third highest individual score by any player in the world cup and fifth highest overall.
Her 171 is also the second highest Individual score in ODIs for India. Deepti Sharma with her 188 not out holds the record of highest individual score in ODIs by an Indian women cricketer. She scored her unbeaten 188 against South Africa earlier in 2017.
The best part of the Harmanpreet’s unbeaten century was 71 runs from her last 25 deliveries. She struck 71 runs off just 25 balls after scoring a century in 90 balls.
Mithali Raj contributed 36 runs, Deepti Sharma scored 25 and Veda Krishnamurthy scored 16 not out helped India raise a formidable total in the end.
The match was reduced to 42-over-a-side due to rain which delayed it by over three hours. Deciding to bat first, India posted a challenging 281 for 4 against Australia in the rain-truncated second semifinals match.
India will now face hosts England in the title clash on 23 July 2017.
In the first semi-final, three-time champions England had defeated South Africa by 2 wickets. India had played the Final of the World Cup only once in the 2005 edition when they lost to the Aussies.
High Scores in ODI Women’s Cricket
• Belinda Clark of Australia: 229 not out scored in 1997 against Denmark
• Deepti Sharma of India: 188 scored in 2017 against Ireland
• Chamari Atapattu of Sri Lanka: 178 not out scored in 2017 against Australia
• Charlotte Edwards of England: 173 not out scored in 1997 against Ireland
• Harmanpreet Kaur of India: 171 not out scored in 2017 against Australia
• Stafanie Taylor of West Indies: 171 scored in 2013 against Sri Lanka
Where: Derby in England
When: 20 July 2017
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