CWC 2022: We both deserve it equally – Smriti Mandhana shares the Player of the Match trophy with Harmanpreet Kaur

2022 ICC Women’s World Cup: Smriti Mandhana shared her Player of the Prize trophy with Harmanpreet Kaur after both starred in India’s record 155-round win over West Indies Women in the group stage encounter.

CWC 2022: Smriti Mandhana shares Player of the Match trophy with Harmanpreet Kaur (courtesy BCCI)

CWC 2022: Smriti Mandhana shares Player of the Match trophy with Harmanpreet Kaur (courtesy BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Smriti Mandhana shared the Player of the Match trophy with Harmanpreet Kaur
  • Smriti and Harmanpreet featured in India’s 155 run win
  • Hopefully ICC will have enough budget to give us both separate trophies,” Mandhana joked

Smriti Mandhana, the Indian women’s inaugural player, showed exemplary sportsmanship and shared her Player of the Award trophy with her vice-captain and fellow centurion Harmanpreet Kaur after helping her team record a record 155-run win against West Indian women in the group stage 2022 ICC Women’s World Championship in Hamilton on Saturday.

Notably, Mandhana and Harmanpreet’s record 184 runs took India to 317/8 before all-around bowling limited the West Indies to 162 in response. After hitting West Indian women with a record lead of 155 runss, Mandhana joined Harmanpreet in Hamilton for the post-match awards ceremony.

As soon as the referee team said Smriti was the player of the match, Mandhana came up with Harmanpreet and said, “Well, I think scoring a century and not being player of the match is something I really wouldn’t want.”

“I think we both contributed equally to the fact that we scored 300 points. It’s good for us to share the trophy. We’re both good enough to get this. I think ICC has enough budget to give us both separate trophies (laughs)” added Mandhana.

“A TOUCH OF CLASS @mandhana_smriti shares her Player of the Match award with fellow Centurion and #TeamIndia Vice Captain @ImHarmanpreet#CWC22 | #WIvIND,” BCCI Women tweeted.

While Mandhana smashed her fifth ODI hundred, a sensational 119-of-123 ball riddled with 13 fours and two sixes, Kaur had 10 hits to the fence and two maximums in her 107-ball 109, which was her fourth ton and first since batting of 171 were not out against Australia at the 2017 World Cup.

The duo forged a 184 run tally for the fourth wicket, India’s highest partnership for a wicket at the Women’s World Cup, to help the team complete their highest total in history at the flagship event, a challenging 317 for eight after skipper Mithali Raj won the toss and decided to bat.

The 2017 edition finalists then returned to sack West Indies for 162 in 40.3 overs to advance to the knockout stages. India are now in the top four of eight teams after this win, behind Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in the standings.

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