India Smashes Australia Out Of The Park, And Out Of The World Cup

India just knocked Australia out in the semi final of cricket’s
World Cup — and out of the park several times too — thanks
largely to a ruthless force of nature otherwise known as
Harmanpreet Kaur.

Australia’s women’s cricket team is the number-one ranked side
in all three formats of the game — T20, Tests and One Day
Internationals. Sadly, our women won’t get to show why in the
final of the 2017 Cricket World Cup, and here’s why.

India batted first and Kaur, 28, hit 171 — her third ODI
century and highest score. This was some innings from the woman
who also plays T20 cricket in Australia for the Sydney Thunder,
but who was merciless towards some of her Aussie friends and

Getty Images That’s
Harmanpreet on the left, looking satisfied with her day’s work
of humiliating Australia’s bowlers.

In a piece memorably headlined “Australia eaten by Harmanpreet monster“,
cricket writer Jarrod Kimber delivered the following equally
unforgettable description of Kaur’s effectiveness in her
preferred hitting zone.

“Between wide long-on and deep square leg, every single woman
ever born in Australia could have stood there and they
wouldn’t have stopped what came.”

What came was 171 runs off 114 balls, including seven sixes and
103 runs off her last 40 balls. At one point, she berated her
teammate Deepti Sharma for a mix-up running between the
wickets. Wrote Kimber of this incident:

Harmanpreet started screaming at Deepti while she was still
running. Had she been further down the pitch, she would have
picked Deepti up and tossed her like she did the helmet.
Deepti is almost in tears; she won’t even look up, she’s
afraid of Harmanpreet. And she should be. In this mood,
Harmanpreet is angry, Harmanpreet is a monster.

Lee Smith / Reuters Got
there, phew. Now to yell at a teammate.

Speaking of monsters, India ended up with a monster score 4/281
off its allotted 42 overs. Australia did what Australia does,
which is to chase like you’re chasing the guy who stole your
car. But when captain and world’s best batter Meg Lanning went
for a duck, you kind of knew we’d fall short. In the end we
were bowled out for 250.

The full scorecard is here, some cool nerdy stats are here, and extended video highlights are here.


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