The Indian women’s cricket team lost the ODI by the narrowest of margins against the West Indies in the opening ODI of the three-match series at the Sir Vivian Richards StaAntidium, North Sound, in Antigua. However, there were quite a few positives for the women in blue. Priya Punia was the top-scorer for India with a fine knock of 75 while Jemimah Rodrigues also proved a worth as she scored 67 runs in 41 balls.
And while Harmanpreet Kaur failed to fire with the bat, she made her mark in the match in the field by taking an absolutely sensational one-handed catch at long-on. Harmanpreet Kaur’s received a lot of praise on social media and soon enough the video went viral on Twitter.
West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor was looking good to score the century to reach her hundred with a six as she smashed Ekta Bisht down the ground. But from nowhere the figure of Harmanpreet appeared as she leaped in the air and caught the ball with her left hand to complete an exceptional catch. Here is the video of the same:
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West Indies ended up with 225 for seven and it later proved to be enough as the Indian team was bundled out for 224 in 50 overs, losing the match by just the one run. Priya Punia scored a fine 75 off 107 balls as Team India was pressurized by the hosts early on in the chase. Punia and Rodrigues notched a 78-run partnership for the first wicket while Punam Raut (22) and Mithali Raj (20) also made small contributions to put India on top.
At 170 for two in 39.2 overs, India looked on track to chase down the target, but Anisa Mohammed had different plans. The spinner turned the match on its head by taking five wickets, which included the likes of Priya Punia and Mithali Raj.
India needed nine off the final over with two wickets in hand, but Anisa Mohammed took both wickets, including one off the last ball, to give the hosts a one-run win in the series opener.