Harmanpreet Kaur in action. ©ICC

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur smashed the third fastest fifty of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) from 23 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes to finish with 26-ball-56 getting her side a W to their name as they beat Brisbane Heat by 28 runs.

After winning the toss, Rachael Haynes and Rachel Priest gave their team an excellent start with Priest being the enforcer and Haynes playing the anchor’s role. The two added 46 runs without losing a wicket at the end of the powerplay. Haynes lost her wicket giving a straight catch to mid off at the start of the 11th over and was soon immediately followed by Priest the next ball as the New Zealander missed the delivery.

Harmanpreet Kaur continued from where she left yesterday. The Indian captain started off with dismissing bad balls to the boundary ropes. In the 15th over, she swept Jess Jonassen’s ball over the boundary rope for a six. The now Internationally retired Alex Blackwell partnered well with Kaur for a 53 runs partnership.

Kaur smashed a half century (26-ball-56) with 3 sixes to her credit before getting out in the final over. Alex Blackwell finished the innings with an unbeaten 18-ball-33 that included 1 six and 3 fours.

Grace Harris started well for the Heat who lost Mooney early to Bates in the first over. Harris continued the onslaught smashing the third fastest half century of the day  with 5 maximums in the innings as no other batter stayed at the crease for a long time. Six wickets fell in a span of 11 runs in 19 balls starting with Harris and Heat were left with a huge score to chase.

Delissa Kimmince got a good partner in the form of Jemma Barsby as the latter scored 9-ball-19 before departing to the only wicket by Kaur. Kimmince though continued to score finishing with a 23-ball-38 losing her wicket to a direct hit from Blackwell and Heat lost by 28 runs.

Stafanie Taylor and Maisy Gibson ripped the top order for the Thunder which won them the game coupled with some brilliant fielding especially by Kaur who took a diving catch at long on to dismiss the dangerous looking Grace Harris.