Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur displayed a sensational performance as she hit 103 of 51 deliveries. She led India to a comfortable 34-run victory against the White Ferns.
New Zealand got off to a decent start to chase India’s 195 run target, however after the Bates was dismissed, the White Ferns batting line-up suffered a blow as the Blues capitalized on their opportunities to gain the victory.
Preview: After changing the face of women’s cricket in the 1.30 billion nation with a path-breaking performance in the World Cup last year in England, all eyes will once again be on the India women’s cricket team as they begin their campaign in the much-awaited ICC women’s world T20 starting on Friday. A young Indian squad will aim to emerge from the shadows of a winless past when it launches its bid for a maiden title with a tough opener against New Zealand in the first standalone match.
India have not been very competitive in the shortest format compared to the 50-over game. In the end, nerves got the better of them and they lost the title clash to England after being in complete control at one stage. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur and recently-appointed coach Ramesh Powar insist that the team has learned from that final loss and the presence of youngsters, including six World Cup debutants, makes the squad “fearless”.
India have never won the World T20 in their previous five attempts with their best result, a semifinal appearance, coming in 2009 and 2010. This is the first stand-alone World T20 for women after being held alongside the men’s event in the past editions. In the lead-up to the World T20, India have hit good form, beating hosts Sri Lanka before blanking Australia A at home. What should give them additional confidence going into the opener is the wins against reigning champions West Indies and England in the warm-up matches.