India’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur registered her maiden half-century of the KIA Super League, on Tuesday, as her side Lancashire Thunder beat Yorkshire Diamonds by nine runs to stay in contention for a place in the final.
The 29-year-old produced a quick-fire 44-ball 74, inclusive of four boundaries and six sixes at Stanley Park in Blackpool. Kaur was dismissed in the final over of the innings after propelling Thunder’s score to 154/9 in 20 overs.
After a relative slow start of 12 runs from 14 balls, the all-rounder smashed 62 from the next 30 deliveries to ensure the Thunder finished with a competitive score after being asked to bat first.
It wasn’t just the Diamonds who felt the wrath on Tuesday as during the course of her innings, she smashed a car windscreen and nearly hit BBC journalist and broadcaster Stuart Flinders on the sidelines.
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) August 14, 2018
In reply, the Diamonds managed just 145/8 in their run-chase a loss which ends their hopes of qualifying for the final stage of the competition.
Thunder are scheduled to play their final league game against Southern Vipers at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday (August 18).
Scores: Lancashire Thunder 154/9 in 20 overs (Kaur 74; Brunt 3-22) beat Yorkshire Diamonds 145/8 in 20 overs (Brunt 44*; Hartley 2-27) by 9 runs.