Harmanpreet Kaur, playing the captaincy innings in the second ODI against England, led the Indian team to victory in the match as well as the series. This is the first time in 23 years that the Indian women's team has won an ODI series in England. In this match, Harmanpreet was also selected 'As Player of the Match for his explosive batting.
The captain of the Indian women's cricket team scored 143 runs off 111 balls. He hit 18 fours and 4 sixes in his innings. Harmanpreet completed his century in 100 balls. After this, he scored 43 runs in the next 11 balls. Due to his explosive batting in the death overs, the Indian team was able to set a huge target of 334 runs in front of England.
Equals Smriti Mandhana's record
This is Harmanpreet Kaur's fifth ODI century. She has reached the joint second position with Smriti Mandhana (5) among Indian players who have scored the most centuries. Mithali Raj (7) holds the record for most ODI centuries for India. Harmanpreet has made another record in her name with this huge score. This is the third-highest score made by an Indian female batsman. Earlier in the year 2017, Deepti Sharma scored 188 runs and Harmanpreet scored 171 runs.
Indian team won by 88 runs
In the second match of the series played in Cantbury on Wednesday night, the Indian team defeated England by 88 runs. With this win, India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Batting first, India scored a huge score of 333 runs in this match. Apart from Harmanpreet's 111 runs, Harleen Deol (58) and Smriti Mandhana (40) also played important innings. In reply, chasing the target of 334 runs, the entire team of England was reduced to 245 runs in 44.2 overs. Renuka Singh took 4 wickets for 57 runs for India.