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Indian Women’s team wins a bilateral ODI series after 23 long years in England

Harmanpreet Kaur led from the front with a brilliant century as India took an unassailable 2-0 in the three-match series

Chasing 334, England was bowled out for a paltry total of 245. Harmanpreet Kaur slammed an unbeaten 143 off just 111 balls as India posted a massive 333 for five against England

India posted their second all-time highest total of 333 runs after being put into batting first. Things were going well for England but the last 10 overs turned the tide in India’s favor as Harmanpreet produced incredible innings to power India.

England got an early breakthrough as Kate Cross cleaned up Shafali Verma cheaply for eight. But Smriti Mandhana and Yastika Bhatia were quick in recovery. But England maintained the upper hand with the quick dismissals of Bhatia (26) and Mandhana (40).

Harmanpreet Kaur 143*, Renuka four-for help India to unassailable 2-0 lead

India Women captain Harmanpreet Kaur looked in stunning rhythm in the second ODI against England on Wednesday as she slammed an incredible 143 not out off just 111 deliveries

Renuka claimed her fourth when Ecclestone picked out Deol on the deep-midwicket boundary.  Shafali picked up her maiden ODI wicket – and third in international cricket – when Cross failed to overturn her lbw dismissal via a now-working DRS

Social media erupted with praise for Harmanpreet Kaur’s amazing knock

Harmanpreet Kaur’s stunning knock made fans and cricketers go gaga over her. Here are some of the reactions

“When you’re in form make it count, and that’s what Harmanpreet is doing this year. Once again stands up in an important game. Congratulations on a special hundred” tweeted former India batter, Wasim Jaffer.

“What a magnificent innings by @ImHarmanpreet! An unbeaten and entertaining knock of 143 with 18 fours and 4 sixes. Keep shining,” tweeted former India spinner, Amit Mishra.

“Harmanpreet Thor,” wrote Rajasthan Royals.

Harmanpreet found support in Harleen Deol, who scored 58 off 72. The two put on 113 runs for the fourth wicket. Pooja Vastrakar and Deepti Sharma then played good cameos as the skipper carried her onslaught.

Kaur gives her opinions about the match and her own innings

“Today was a crucial game for us, and everyone who got a chance contributed. I always enjoy leading, I’m always in the game and all the support from the staff and the players.

“I took my time and that partnership was important. After that, I gave freedom to myself and backed myself. Whoever got the chance today gave us breakthroughs.”
On Goswami: “I think so,” she says about Lord’s being her final game. “Lord’s will be very special for us with Jhulan going to retire.
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