Women's World T20 2018: India Ride on Harmanpreet Ton, Australia, Windies Win too

Women's World T20 2018: India Ride on Harmanpreet Ton, Australia, Windies Win too
Harmanpreet Led India to a Win

The sixth edition of the Women’s T20 International World Cup or the Women’s World T20 got underway in the West Indies on Friday, home of the cup holders, with three matches on the opening day, all held in Guyana.

The tournament’s opening match saw India beat New Zealand by 34 runs thanks to a brilliant century by their captain Harmanpreet Kaur. Winning the toss and batting first, India were struggling at 40/3 when Kaur came to the crease, but, together with Jemimah Rodrigues, she put on 134 for the 4th wicket before Rodrigues fell for 59. Kaur fell off the penultimate ball of the innings for 103, having hit 8 sixes, but her side’s final total of 194 – 5 proved to be beyond New Zealand.

Suzie Bates and Anna Peterson gave them a strong start, but once Peterson fell for 14, wickets fell with regularity, and the loss of Bates for 67 really ended their hopes. Katey Martin scored spirited 39 but, in the end, the Kiwis were bowled out for 161 off the last ball of their innings.

Australia justified their billing as pre-tournament favourites by comprehensively beating Pakistan by 52 runs. Winning the toss and batting first, their victory was built on a strong batting performance at the top of their order, with Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney and captain Meg Lanning, all scoring over 40 apiece, helping their side to a very competitive 165/5.

In truth, Pakistan never got close to that total, losing three wicket during the powerplay, and then seeing teenage leg spinner Georgia Wareham poach two wickets in 5 balls in the 13th over. In the end Pakistan limped to 113/8, and were thoroughly outplayed on the day.

The West Indies began the defence of their title with a 60-run victory over Bangladesh, a margin of victory that scarce seemed possible when, invited to bat first, they were restricted to just 106 – 8 in their 20 overs, with only two players, Kycia Knight with 32, and captain Stafanie Taylor, who scored 29, doing themselves justice with the bat.

However, Bangladesh were bowled out for just 46, the lowest total in the tournament’s history. No player made it into double figures, with Fargana Hoque Pinky the highest scorer with a paltry 8. For the West Indies, pace bowler finished with 5 for 5 from 2.4 overs, another tournament record.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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