Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur (Twitter Photo)

Harmanpreet Kaur continued her excellent form for Sydney Thunder Women in an all-round performances, leading them to a 28-run win against Brisbane Heat in 2018-19 Women’s Big Bash League on Sunday.

The India T20I captain top-scored with a blistering 56 off 26 to guide Sydney to a massive 192/4 at the North Sydney Oval. In reply, Brisbane were bowled out for 164 in 18.5 overs with Maisy Gibson and Stafanie Taylor picking up three wickets each. Samantha Bates chipped in with two wickets while Harmanpreet also picked up a wicket and claimed two catches as well to be chosen as player of the match.

Sydney captain Alex Blackwell opted to bat first and her openers backed the call with a brilliant opening stand of 89 runs. Rachel Haynes scored 34-ball 36 while Rachel Priest fell one short of her fifty. Both fell to Sammy-Jo Johnson in consecutive deliveries. Priest struck six fours and two sixes during her innings.

However, the twin blows brought no respite to Brisbane as Harmanpreet took charge, hitting six fours and three sixes for her first half-century of the season. With Blacwell (33* off 18), she added 53 runs for the fourth wicket before departing in the last over.

Samantha Bates struck in the first over to land an early blow as she removed opener Beth Mooney for 4. However, Grace Harris was in excellent touch, taking the taking the score to 55/2 in the Powerplay overs.

Grace went on to score a half-century but ended up holing out to Harmanpreet on 54 off 28. She belted four fours and five sixes during her assault and her departure threw Brisbane’s chase off the track. Barring Delissa Kimmince’s 23-ball 38, nobody in the middle or lower order crossed 20 runs before the innings finally folded in the 19th over.