Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian women’s vice-captain stunned England’s Amy Jones by a sensational catch at the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup on Wednesday, March 16, in Bay Oval in Tauranga, New Zealand.
During the overs of the left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jones tried to hit the ball over mid-on. Harmanpreet Kaur was there to catch it but it looked as if the ball would pass the fielder. But Harmanpreet Kaur jumped and stretched and grabbed the ball with one hand out of thin air.
But after the catch, her knee got stuck on the ground and injury made her leave the field outright. Harmanpreet Kaur’s injury is a blow to the Indian team and the star batter is very crucial for their match against mighty Australia just a day after.
The 33-year-old Kaur also became the second-highest run-scorer for India in Women’s ODI Internationals. She surpassed the record of Anjum Chopra who scored 2856 runs in 127 matches. But Kaur completed the runs in her 115th match. Harmanpreet Kaur scored only 14 runs in this match.
India vs England match result
England won the toss and opted to bowl. But the Indian team, with their inconsistent batting, were bundled out for a meagre 134 in 36.2 overs. Out of the Indian batters, only two got past 30 runs- Smriti Mandhana (35) and wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh. Most of them didn’t even cross 10 runs.
England responded by losing openers -Danni Wyatt (1) and Tammy Beaumont (1) and the scoreboard read four for two in the third over. England completed the target in just 31.2 overs by losing 6 wickets. Skipper Heather Knight, who remained not out, scored her half-century.
After suffering three defeats, the four-time champion England had to win this match. They are in seventh place with two points on the scoreboard. While India didn’t dislodge from the top-four as they are still occupying the third-spot.