London: Harmanpreet Kaur blasted an unbeaten 115-ball 171 to anchor the Indian innings after the match was reduced to 42- overs-a-side due to rain delay. Opting to bat, India posted a challenging 281/4 against Australia in the rain-truncated second semifinals of the ICC Women’s World Cup at County Ground. In reply Australia were bundled out for 245.
“I didn’t get a chance to bat in the whole tournament. Today when I got the chance I just wanted to utilise it, this opportunity, because today was the day where I wanted to prove myself, and thanks to God, whatever I was thinking, (worked). Mithali Raj and Deepti (Sharma) scored really well and Veda (Krishnamurthy) scored really well,” Kaur said.
Kaur revealed her intent was to hit the ball hard as she smashed 20 fours and seven sixes in her career-best innings. “Today’s plan was just watch the ball, hit it hard and this is what I was doing. Some areas they were bowling well but I just wanted to hit and rotate the strike,” she said.
The 28-year-old was involved in a 137-run stand for the fourth wicket with Deepti Sharma. “I just told her to rotate the strike, you don’t have to take the pressure, I was hitting the ball well and I told her to give me the strike and I will take the responsibility and she did a great job,” she said.
India has reached the final of the elite tournament for the second time in history. Kaur said she is looking forward to an exciting final against the hosts England.
“I’m feeling proud. My innings was only worth it because they were restricted. When we were started from Bombay, we wanted to reach the semi-final, then reach the final,” she said.