India recorded the highest ever total in the history of the ICC Women's World T20 of 194/5 on Friday against New Zealand during the first match of the ICC World T20 2018, on the back of a 51 ball 103 by skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.
India won the toss and opted to bat first on a batting friendly pitch, with the desire to post a competitive total against the Kiwis who have been extremely successful in the T20 format.
The 29-year-old cricketer initially scored just 5 runs off the first 13 deliveries before accelerating and scoring 96 runs off the next 36 deliveries.
Her knock comprised of seven boundaries and eight sixes, with the all-rounder more content to smash the ball into the stands than knock the ball around for singles.
Harmanpreet Kaur got the @WorldT20 off to a RAPID start with a sensational display of hitting in Guyana. Here are her biggest and best shots, delivered by @Oppo #FlashCharge. pic.twitter.com/KOSrNbDGOJ
— ICC (@ICC) November 10, 2018
At the same time, she also enjoyed valuable support from Jemimah Rodrigues, who set the stage for India early on, following the early dismissal of openers Taniya Bhatia and Smriti Mandhana.
Rodrigues smashed 59 runs off 45 deliveries in a knock comprising of seven boundaries.
The duo stitched a 134-run partnership for the fourth wicket, ensuring a formidable total of 194 runs within the allotted 20 overs.
India will be looking to ensure more of the same, in their second clash against Pakistan on Sunday.