Women’s World Cup 2022: Harmanpreet Kaur’s late cameo puts India to 277 vs Australia

Women’s World Cup 2022: India drove in 50 overs against Australia in their fifties in 50 overs on Saturday in Auckland ahead of captain Mithali Raj, vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Ysstika Bhati with 277/7.

Harmanpreet Kaur hit a quick fifty as India scored 277 against Australa (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India had an above-average total in Auckland against Australia
  • Captain Mithali set the World Cup record for most 50’s
  • Harmanpreet and Pooja Vastrakar contributed cameos

Harmanpreet Kaur continued her good run and scored her third over-50 result at the Women’s World Cup as India scored 277/7 in 50 overs against six-time champions Australia at Eden Park in Auckland.

Harmanpreet Kaur hit 57 of 47 balls and smashed 6 boundaries after hitting the bat in 5th place for India. The vice-captain sewed a 64-run streak in just 47 balls with all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar for the 7th wicket as India ended the innings with momentum with his side after Australia won the toss and settled for Saturday 19 March decided the field.

Harmanpreet was in sensational form at the World Cup, hitting a fifty against New Zealand and a hundred against the West Indies.

MITHALI SETS WORLD CUP RECORD

Earlier in the day, captain Mithali Raj and left-hander Yastika Bhatia sewed a 130-run stand for the 3rd wicket after India lost their openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma early on to Darcie Brown.

Yastika has done well with the racquet after falling down to 3rd place as India restored Shafali Verma to the top after the big hitter was dropped for poor form

“Two wickets had fallen so Mithali di and I chatted to go on 4-5 runs and an over and not lose a wicket. I’ve batted third in the past, in the domestics and in Australia, so it wasn’t a surprise to me when Sir told me yesterday that I would bat third,” Ysstika said.

Mithali and Yastika stabilized the ship and kept the scoreboard moving. While the captain hit 68 balls out of 96, the young left-hander hit 59 balls out of 83.

Mithali also set a World Cup record by scoring her 12th fifty at the flagship event, emulating Debbie Hockley. For Australia, Brown shone with numbers of 3/30 while leg spinner Alana King picked up 2/52.

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