Harmanpreet Kaur becomes first Indian woman to score T20I ton

Harmanpreet Kaur becomes first Indian woman to score T20I ton

Mithali Raj's 47-ball 56 in the chase and contributions from others guided India to a seven-wicket win with one over to spare.

The second penalty for Pakistan came on the last ball of the innings. Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar scored fifties after they were reduced to 30/3.

India never looked in trouble with openers Raj and Smriti Mandhana (26) finding the boundaries at regular intervals in their 73-run partnership.

Making her first appearance in a World T20, Jemimah controlled her nerves playing the ideal second fiddle to the fluent Kaur, who was at her aggressive best throughout the innings.

Courtesy the victory, India (with four points) now have inched closer to securing a place in the semi-finals from the five-team Group B. Two teams each from the two groups qualify for the semi-finals. This was also India's highest ever score at the World T20. With her skipper going for the jugular, 18-year-old Rodrigues just tapped for singles giving the senior player bulk of the strike. All the three were regulation catches. Poonam Yadav dropped the same batswoman in the 13th over when she was on 23.

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The Greek player, meanwhile, was also not a fan fan of players having to get their own towels from a rack courtside with no ballkids to run for them.

Pakistan were still not out of the woods as they could only reach 53 for 3 at the half-way stage but the sloppy Indian fielding allowed their two batswomen Dar and Maroof to gain in confidence.

It meant India effectively began their innings on 10-0 and Raj calmly recorded their fifty with successive boundaries in the eighth over.

She took full advantage, soon reaching her seventh T20 worldwide fifty.

Harmanpreet was required to walk into the middle early, at the fall of debutant Dayalan Hemalatha's wicket in only the sixth over. They had added 52 in 6.2 overs when debutant Dayalan Hemalatha got the breakthrough, and Poonam Yadav further turned the screw with the wicket of the unsafe Sophie Devine.

The Irish side were also penalised five runs for running on the pitch during their fixture against Australia.

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