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Harmanpreet Kaur’s dad proud after daughter takes India into Women’s Cricket World Cup final

Harmanpreet Kaur scored an unbeaten 171 as India beat defending champions Australia in the second semi-final of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017. Her father Harmander Singh Bhullar felt proud of her daughter’s feat

cricket Updated: Jul 21, 2017 12:16 IST
Shalini Gupta
Shalini Gupta
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Harmanpreet Kaur celebrates her century in the India vs Australia ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2017 semifinal in Derby on Thursday.(AP)

Since Harmanpreet Kaur’s powerful 115-ball 171* took India to a 36-run win over Australia in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup semi-final, the phone has not stopped ringing at the Bhullar household in Moga, Punjab.

The 28-year-old cricketer swatted the Australian bowlers out of the park at Derby, as India set up a title clash with hosts England on Sunday.

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Harmanpreet Kaur’s father Harmander Singh Bhullar told Hindustan Times: “I am so proud of Harman. She has made not only us but the whole nation proud by doing well in the crucial match. She was really frustrated on missing out in the previous matches due to the finger injury she suffered against the West Indies.

“She will be relieved today. Waheguru jee has blessed my daughter today and hope to see India making it to the final and at Lords,” he added.

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Batting at number four, Harmanpreet Kaur smashed a 115-ball unbeaten knock of 171 runs to set up India a huge total of 281/4 in 42 overs in the rain-curtailed match.

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Harmanpreet Kaur bettered her previous ODI best score of 107 runs. She hammered 20 fours and seven towering sixes during her blistering knock at the strike rate of 148.69.

Harmanpreet Kaur, who started as a medium-pacer in Moga, switched to batting under coach Yadavinder Singh Sodhi. She became the first woman to be signed by Sydney Thunder in the second edition of T20 Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in Australia.

She would also be playing in the England Kia T20 League in August.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 10:59 IST