ICC Women’s World Cup 2022: Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur Slam Record Partnership Against West Indies

Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur
Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur. Image: ICC

India women’s team batters Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur recorded the highest partnership for the fourth wicket in the ICC Women’s World Cup. The duo scored incredible hundreds against Stafanie Taylor-led West Indies at the Seddon Park in Hamilton as India posted an exemplary score of 317/8 in the first innings.

On Saturday, Mithali Raj won the toss and opted to bat first as Mandhana and her opening partner Yastika Bhatia set the tone with some outstanding shots before the latter departed on 31 to end the 49-run stand.

Smriti Mandhana-Harmanpreet Kaur forged 184 runs for a record fourth-wicket partnership in World Cup

Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana. Image: BCCI Women

Indian skipper Mithali promoted herself in the batting order as she came to bat at No.3, however, her stay was very short at the crease as she was dismissed by Hayley Matthews in the 10th over and could add just five runs to the team’s total. Deepti Sharma made 15 runs off 21 balls before she was caught by Matthews off Anisa Mohammed’s bowling.

Harmanpreet joined Smriti when India were 78/3 inside 14 overs and the duo stitched for an impressive stand of 184 runs for the fourth wicket which is India’s highest 4th wicket partnership ever in ODIs. Both the experienced campaigners ensured the runs were supplied at regular stages to overcome India’s middle-order woes in the last two matches in the tournament.

Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur. Image: BCCI Women

Harmanpreet Kaur scored her third hundred in World Cup

Mandhana scored 123 off 119 balls including 12 boundaries and a couple of sixes at a strike rate of 103.36 while Harmanpreet was on the same page with her partner as she blazed 10 boundaries during her splendorous knock at the crease.

West Indies pacer Shamilia Connell ended the impressive stand after getting the better of Mandhana in the 43rd over. Mandhana went for a pull shot but found Shakera Selman at deep mid, the southpaw scored her second hundred in World Cup with her first one was also against the same opposition at County Ground in the 2017 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Harmanpreet scored her third hundred in the marquee event as she joined the likes of Stafanie Taylor, Natalie Sciver, Suzie Bates and Karen Rolton to have scored three centuries in the World Cup overall.

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