At No. 4, Harmanpreet is at her best

The Indian batter showed great intent and married it with a sense of responsibility.
Harmanpreet Kaur of India walks off after scoring 171 not out during the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 match between Australia and India

Harmanpreet Kaur hadn't had the best of starts to the ICC Women's World Cup 2017. A promotion to No. 4, though, suited her just fine.

Coming in at 35 for 2 in the semi-final against Australia on Thursday, the pressure was on. Losing Mithali Raj would have only added to her sense of responsibility, but she showed no sign of retiring her attacking instinct. 

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All through the innings, she demonstrated attacking intent against the spinners. In the 32nd over, bowled by Jess Jonassen, she charged down the track and smacked one over mid-wicket, clearing both the ropes and the fence around the ground.

It was the second of her seven sixes of the day. Significantly, it was the 100th of the tournament, more than ever before and testament to the incredible growth in batting standards this edition. 

As for Harmanpreet herself, she finished on the winning side. Her 171 not out off 115 balls was crucial in India making it to the final.

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