The Hundred 2021: Harmanpreet Kaur shines but team loses in opening match

Indian batter Harmanpreet Kaur made a quick-fire 16-ball 29 but couldn’t save her team Manchester Originals (Women) from a five-wicket defeat to Oval Invincibles (Women) in the inaugural match of The Hundred competitors on Wednesday (July 21) night time. South African Dane van Niekerk hit an unbeaten 42-ball 56 and shared a 73-run partnership with Proteas teammate and partner Marizanne Kapp (38) for the fifth wicket to steer the Oval franchise to a win with two balls to spare.

Harmanpreet hit six boundaries throughout her keep earlier than she fell to left-arm seamer Natasha Farrant, who picked 3/25 in 20 balls. Marizanne picked 2/20 in 20 balls as Oval restricted Manchester to 135/6 in 100 balls.

In response, England tempo bowler Kate Cross (3/28 in 18 balls) ran by way of the Oval top-order, decreasing them to 36/4. But Dane and Marizanne introduced the house facet again on observe.

For the ladies’s recreation it appears a win-win scenario, with the highlight turned its means in unprecedented trend on the worldwide circuit. “I don’t think I can come off a cricket pitch and be more pleased at a loss,” Cross stated.

“It was the most electric atmosphere and I have never played in front of that before. An amazing night for women’s cricket and almost the perfect night apart from the result!” she added.

The white-ball contest consists of 100 balls per innings with a change of ends after each 10 deliveries. Bowlers can ship both 5 or 10 consecutive balls, with every bowler allowed a most of 20 deliveries per video games.

Brief scores: Manchester Originals (Women) 135/6 in 100 balls (Lizelle Lee 42, Harmanpreet Kaur 29, N Farrant 3/25, M Kapp 2/20) misplaced to Oval Invincibles (Women) 139/5 in 98 balls (Dane van Niekerk 56 not out, Marizanne Kapp 38, Kate Cross 3/28)

(with IANS inputs)


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