In a historic one-off Test match, the Indian women’s cricket team, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, achieved a remarkable 8-wicket victory against Australia. The highlight of the match occurred on the third day when Harmanpreet, also contributing as a bowler, exhibited a rare feat.
During the match, Harmanpreet took the ball against Australian batter Alyssa Healy. Following Healy’s defensive shot, an unexpected moment unfolded as Harmanpreet threw the ball angrily in Healy’s direction. This action sparked confusion and exchanged words between the two players, leading Harmanpreet to appeal for obstruction to the umpire, but the appeal was swiftly dismissed.
However, the subsequent delivery showcased Harmanpreet’s skill as she bowled a deceptive delivery that sent Alyssa Healy back to the pavilion, dismissing her via leg before wicket. This unexpected turn of events demonstrated Harmanpreet’s prowess and added a wicket to her name. On Day 3, she concluded with impressive bowling figures of 2/23.
Teammate Deepti Sharma praised Harmanpreet’s performance, describing her as having a “golden arm” and highlighting her ability to consistently take wickets when called upon to bowl. Deepti emphasized the need for a breakthrough in the long-lasting partnership, and Harmanpreet’s magical delivery provided the much-needed momentum for the team.
On Day 4, the Indian team, with a target of 75 runs, easily chased down the required runs. Smriti Mandhana’s unbeaten 38 played a crucial role in securing the victory for Harmanpreet and her team. The overall performance showcased the team’s resilience and skill, with Harmanpreet’s dual role as captain and contributor with the ball making a significant impact on the historic win.
Repurposed article originally published in News 24