How Harmanpreet Kaur’s Last Over Six Sealed ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 for India?
India VS South Africa had a clichéd ending, with the captain coming down the pitch and hitting the ball for six in the last over and winning it for India. It surely reminds us of the Former Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni but this time it was Harmanpreet Kaur—captain of Indian Women’s Team—who struck a massive six over the midwicket followed by 2 runs on the next ball to win the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 against the power packed team of South Africa.
Harmanpreet Kaur did something MS Dhoni used to do often but this one six was the most special ever hit in the winning cause. India was chasing 245 but it was in the last over that the game got exciting. India was required 9 runs of last over to win the match.
Scoring 9 runs in last over of an ODI match seems a lot easier but it got tensed when India lost a wicket and the audience had a mini-heart attack. The captain then decided to lead from front and hit the very next ball for a six over the mid-wicket. Now India was required to score 2 runs in one ball with one wicket in hand; the captain was calm and very resilient. She hit the ball over the fielders but didn’t rely on it to clear the ropes and ran as fast as she could to complete 2 runs in succession. Once done, she was beaming with joy and celebrated the win by throwing her bat in the air. It was a moment of pure joy and happiness not only for the Indian captain but also for everyone else, who wants to Indian women cricket achieve greater heights.
Highlights of the match:
- Deepti Sharma gave away 46 runs in the first inning and took one wicket. Her effort was very economical.
- Indian Opener Mona Mesharam scored 59 and gave India a steady start.
- Deepti Sharma also scored 71 off 89 after coming to open for India.