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After Harmanpreet Kaur’s ton, mother reminds India of ‘Save girl child’ motto

Harmanpreet Kaur hit 171* as India defeated defending champions Australia in the second semi-final of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017. Her mother Satinder Kaur urged all Indians to give their daughter a chance to live their dream

cricket Updated: Jul 21, 2017 12:18 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Harmanpreet Kaur’s 115-ball 171* against Australia almost single-handedly guided India into Women’s Cricket World Cup final. (Action Images via Reuters)

Harmanpreet Kaur’s 115-ball 171* against Australia in the Women’s Cricket World Cup semifinal gave India a reason to celebrate. And the 28-year-old player’s family too has joined the party.

Her mother, however, took the opportunity in reminding fellow Indians the need to empower their daughters.

“I just want to say other women that the way my daughter has made us proud, they should also give their daughter a chance to live their dream and shouldn’t kill them in the womb,” Harmanpreet Kaur’s mother Satinder Kaur told ANI.

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Sukhjeet gave the credit of Harmanpreet Kaur’s achievement to her father, Harmandar Bhullar saying that he supported her the most and was the one to take her to grounds for practice when she was a kid.

Meanwhile, Harmanpreet Kaur’s father wished the Indian cricket team luck to bring the World Cup trophy home and to make the nation proud.

“I just wish the Indian women team all the luck. I hope Harmanpreet keeps playing the way she has been and bring the World Cup to India and make the nation proud,” he said.

A magnificent unbeaten century from Harmanpreet Kaur helped India beat Australia by 36 runs in the semi-final of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup at the county ground.

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Chasing a daunting total of 282 in a match that was reduced to 42 overs because of rain, the defending champions were bowled out for 245 in the 40th over.

Winning the toss and electing to bat in derby, which was virtually India’s home ground, Harmanpreet played gem of an innings, scoring 171* to propel India to 281.

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She smashed the Australian bowlers to all parts of the ground and was absolutely brutal with her power hitting. Her 115-ball knock was studded with 20 fours and seven sixes and was rightly adjudged the player of the match award.

Now, India will face host England in the final on Sunday at the iconic Lord’s.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 11:45 IST