The first 50 runs Harmanpreet Kaur scored in her whirlwind unbeaten knock of 171 against Australia in the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup came off 64 balls. The next came in 26 balls. And then she outdid even that, with her score racing from 100 to 150 in the next 17 balls. For good measure, the next eight balls she faced were carted for 21 runs.
It’s an innings that has got world cricket buzzing with some even calling it the ‘best ever’.
The score fell just short of India’s best-ever score in the women’s game — a record which is held by Deepti Sharma (188 against Ireland earlier this year).
Harmanpreet’s rate of scoring also reflected in her team’s fortunes. India reached 50 in the 14th over, before speeding to 100 in the next nine overs. The next 50 runs came off just seven overs.
Incredibly, India sped from 152/3 at the end of the 32nd over to 215/3 five overs later.
Here’s a statistical breakdown of how the 28-year-old went about her business to show highly-rated Australia the exit on Thursday:
Harmanpreet's innings are also among the best by India's cricketers at a World Cup. She now has the fifth highest score after Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in World Cups for India. Talk about having an impact!
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Updated Date: Jul 21, 2017 12:43:00 IST