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Harmanpreet Kaur battled stomach cramps, back issues during sensational innings

10 November 2018

"Yesterday I was having little bit back problem", Kaur said after the match.

"When initially I was running twos, I got a little cramp, after that the physio gave me medicine, and a little bit it settled down", she said. She joined forces with Jemimah Rodrigues and both combined to a stitch a mammoth 134-run stand to take India to their highest ever total in the World T20.Kaur took her time but soon found her range.

She was battling stomach cramps and needed frequent attention from the physio, but that didn't stop her from dishing out eight sixes against New Zealand in an innings reminiscent of her iconic 171 in the ICC Women's World Cup semi-final a year ago against Australia. "(Regarding my batting) I needed to settle down", Harmanpreet said after the convincing win.

Rodrigues, playing second fiddle at the other end, kept ticking along nicely and the No 3 brought up her own fifty off 39 balls before she was stumped off Jess Watkin.

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Her team added a staggering 118 runs in last 10 overs, thanks to a flurry of boundaries and sixes by Harmanpreet.

New Zealand's chase got off to a fast start and Suzie Bates smoked 67 off 50 balls but the rest of the batting line-up were unable to support their former skipper as the White Ferns were restricted to 160-9 from their 20 overs.

"Well, I was really not looking at how many runs I was getting". More importantly it gave India a comprehensive 34 run win over much fancied New Zealand. "And that is the only reason we went Taniya [Bhatia], who can play freely [as opener]".

The cramps may even have given her clarity regarding her approach to the innings, prompting her to rely more on the big hits.

"Yes, why not? Because every day is a learning day, today I learnt a lot".

Harmanpreet Kaur battled stomach cramps, back issues during sensational innings