Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur struck a majestic ton while Dayalan Hemalatha and Poonam Yadav scalped three wickets each as India beat New Zealand by 34 runs in the first match of the ICC Women’s World T20 at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Friday.
Chasing a target of 195 to win, New Zealand got off to the perfect start with openers Suzie Bates and Anna Peterson putting on fifty-run stand for the first wicket.
Debutant Hemalatha broke the partnership by getting rid of Peterson for 14. Sohpie Devine too followed suit as she became Poonam’s first scalp of the day. On the next delivery, Poonam got rid of Jess Watkin to leave the Kiwis reeling.