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Big hits my way of battling stomach cramps: Harmanpreet Kaur

Big hits my way of battling stomach cramps: Harmanpreet Kaur

She posted a match-winning 134-run stand with Jemimah Rodrigues for the fourth wicket as India posted 194 runs in their 20 overs. "(Regarding my batting) I needed to settle down", Harmanpreet said after the convincing win.

But debutant Dayalan Hemalatha impressed as she picked up three wickets and spinner Poonam Yadav took 3-33 as the White Ferns crumbled going for big shots in search of boundaries. And if you don't have the right people at the top of it, as India have shown with their three in Rohit (Sharma), Shikhar (Dhawan) and whenever Virat (Kohli) is there, they have that balance.

Harmanpreet, whose scintillating 171 against Australia in the World Cup semifinal past year remains fresh in the memory, looked comfortable from the word go and, in the company of Jemimah, built the innings with consummate ease.

The right-hander also revealed that she was uncomfortable taking singles and twos and hence, chose to go for the big shots instead of investing too much energy on running between the wickets.

"But yes when I was middling the ball, once I started middling the ball after that I started just getting my shots", she added.

Making her first appearance in a World T20, Jemimah controlled her nerves playing the flawless second fiddle to the fluent Kaur, who was at her aggressive best throughout the innings.

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Her big-hitting prowess keeps bowlers all around the world on tenterhooks but the Indian skipper is hopeful that there might just be bigger and better things to come.

India got the big wicket of Bates when she played Arundhati Reddy's low full-toss to the backward point fielder.

"Yeah, when she [Rodrigues] got her first boundary, she was looking very good, the way she played that cover drive", Harmanpreet said.

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.