The hitting was incredible, and the sixes unbelievably monstrous, as Harmanpreet recorded what was only the third century in the competition's nine-year existence to provide a sensational start to the first standalone edition of the Women's WT20.
"Best wishes to our women's cricket team for the T20 World Cup who will be taking on New Zealand cricket team tonight". I'm very optimistic for this one and I'm sure, they'll bring glory to our country.
Captain Harmanpreet and recently-appointing coach Ramesh Powar have insisted that this team has learnt from the final loss in the Women's World Cup in 2017 and is ready for a better battle of nerves. All the sixes hit in the first innings of the match belong to skipper Harmanpreet, who now has the most number of sixes for India in a T20 innings, beating her own record of five against Sri Lanka in September this year. What should give them additional confidence going into the opener is the wins against reigning champions West Indies and England in the warm-up matches. However, despite India's poor run in the shortest format of the game, elegant Indian opener Smriti Mandhana is confident the Women-in-Blue will bring home the World Cup (T20). "You can see everyone is up to the mark where you need to be at the worldwide standard", said Mandhana, who is also the vice-captain. That was brilliant. "The bowlers too have improved massively in last three months, they are clear with their plans".
India have failed to go past the group stage in the previous three editions and they will have to play well consistently to advance to the knock-outs.
After the opener against New Zealand, India will face Pakistan on November 11, Ireland on November 15 and three-time champions Australia on November 17. Coach Powar, a former India off-spinner, has high expectations from his team.
India's Harmanpreet Kaur started the Women's World Twenty20 in dominant form.
This led hitman Rohit Sharma to praise Kaur.
New Zealand squad: Amy Satterthwaite (C), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout (WK), Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Anna Peterson, Harriet Rowe, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin.