Harmanpreet Kaur's record-setting hundred helps India outclass New Zealand in opener

Urooj Mumtaz believes women's cricket has grown significantly. — File

Urooj Mumtaz believes women's cricket has grown significantly. — File

She hasn't scored much in the first six overs.

Harmanpreet just needed 51 balls to amass 103 runs, which included seven fours and eight huge sixes.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, India found themselves in a vulnerable position, tottering at 40/3 by the sixth over, after losing the top three batswomen - Taniya Bhatia (9), Smriti Mandhana (2) and Dayalan Hemalatha (15), cheaply.

She may have ended up playing second fiddle, but Jemimah and Harmanpreet's 134-run association - off just 12.4 overs - is now India's highest partnership for any wicket in women's T20Is. The live telecast of the match between India and New Zealand (IND v NZ) will start at 8:30 PM on November 9 (Friday). As a team, we need to improve a lot. "I knew it was a good batting track, if I settle down, I can get the runs, that's what I was thinking".

Heaping praise on young Rodrigues, the skipper added: "Jemimah played really well". Credit goes to her, she also played really well. "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. She is very mature. That was brilliant. "The bowlers too have improved massively in last three months, they are clear with their plans".

The big-hitting Harmanpreet played shots on all sides of the wicket, and was most effective towards the long-off, long-on and the deep mid-wicket region. She now has the most number of sixes for India in a T20 innings, beating her own record of five against Sri Lanka.

India have never won the World T20 in their previous five attempts with their best result coming in 2009 and 2010 where they made a semifinal appearance. Notably, the former India off-spinner was handed the reigns of the senior women's team following the controversial exit of Tushar Arothe that came shortly after India's loss to Bangladesh in the Asia Cup final. Harmanpreet also credited coach Romesh Powar for changing the team's mindset from the time he took over. He has a lot of experience and that is helping us.

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. If she bats later, she can get the runs.