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Indian cricket women team completely outclassed New Zealand as they beat the Blackcaps by 34 runs in the opening match of the Women's World T20 at the Providence Stadium, West Indies on Friday.
Team India after electing to bat first the batswomen did a fantastic job especially centurion Harmanpreet Kaur (103) and AJemimah Rodrigues (59) which helped them post a total of 194-runs.
Making her first appearance in a World T20, Jemimah controlled her nerves playing the perfect second fiddle to the fluent Kaur, who was at her aggressive best throughout the innings.
Sensing the urgency of putting up a big total, Jemimah, towards the end also pressed on the accelerator to get to her half century off 40 balls.
After that Indian bowlers showcased their skills right from the first ball and restricted them for 160/9 to seal the match.
Chasing a giant total of 195, New Zealand never looked in contention as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
Apart from opening stand of 52 runs between ASuzie Bates (67) and Anna Petersen (14) no other player rose to the occasion and failed to build partnerships.
For India, Dayalan Hemalatha and Poonam Yadav took three wickets each.
Earlier, India rode on a belligerent maiden T20I century from skipper Harmanpreet Kaur to post the highest ever total of 194/5.
Kaur belted a 51-ball 103, laced with seven boundaries and eight sixes, and more importantly raised a record 134-run fourth wicket stand with the young Jemimah Rodrigues (59 off 45 balls; 4X7) to bail India out of a troubled start.
New Zealand managed to get rid of the partnership with Jess Watkin getting the back of Jemimah and Sophie Devine dismissing Kaur, but by then the damage was done as India walked back with the highest ever total in a World T20 tie.
Brief Scores: India 194/5 (Harmanpreet Kaur 103, Jemimah Rodrigues 59; Lea Tahuhu 2/18) vs New Zealand 160/9 (Suzie Bates 67;ADayalan Hemalatha 3/26).