After Mandhana, Harmanpreet fires in Women’s Cricket Super League 2018

first_imgIndian women’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur announced herself to Women’s Cricket Super League 2018 in style on Tuesday after Smriti Mandhana stole the show few days back.Two days ago, Mandhana smashed the quickest half-century in women’s T20s off just 18 balls in Western Storm’s match versus Loughborough Lightning at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.And on Tuesday, Harmanpreet’s majestic six on the penultimate ball of the innings helped Lancashire Thunder beat Surrey Stars by five wickets at the Kennington Oval in London.Making her debut in the Kia Super League, Harmanpreet smacked an unbeaten 34 off 21 balls to take her side home with one ball to spare at the Oval. Her innings included three boundaries and one six.Her 21-ball innings played a key role as Lancashire somehow managed to get over the line after her team struggled to get runs in the middle overs against Surrey.Also read – Smriti Mandhana slams joint-fastest fifty in women’s T20s for Western StormChasing 149 to win, the Thunders were off to a great start thanks to a brisk start from Nicole Bolton. The Australian smacked a 61-ball 81 but became slow in the middle as wickets kept on tumbling around her. She ultimately fell in the 19th over and the onus was on Harmanpreet to take them over the line.Needing 11 to win off six balls, Kaur smashed a four and a six in the final over to win the match for her side.Could watch this all dayThe arrival of @BCCIWomen’s IT20 captain @ImHarmanpreet was worth the wait! #ThunderisComing #KSL2018pic.twitter.com/TR5pSVZ2M5advertisementLancashire Thunder (@LancsCricketWMN) July 31, 2018Earlier, batting first, Surrey scored 148/5 from their 20 overs riding on the back of a 57-ball 95 not out from captain Natalie Sciver. She along with Dane van Niekerk steadied the ship for the Stars after they lost early wickets.After Van Niekerk got out, Sciver took matters into her own hands and took her team to a respectable total. Her 57-ball innings was studded with nine fours and two sixes. Emma Lamb starred with the ball for Lancshire, picking up 3/34 from her four overs.last_img read more