Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Grace Harris rewrote the record books on a high-scoring day at the Women's Big Bash League 4.
All three batters made record half-centuries for their teams on Sunday, 9 December. First, Mandhana, the India opener, took 24 balls to get to her fifty to set up a win for Hobart Hurricanes. Then, Kaur, her India Twenty20 International captain, did one better for Sydney Thunder against Brisbane Heat, getting there in 23 balls, before Harris replied with a 26-ball effort in the chase.
23 ball fifty for Harmanpreet Kaur (6x4, 2x6), the fastest for Sydney Thunder & 3rd fastest in the WBBL overall.— hypocaust (@_hypocaust) December 9, 2018
Fastest WBBL 50s:
22 Gardner (SIX) v STA, 9 Dec 2017
22 Lee (STA) v SIX, 9 Dec 2017
23 Kaur (THU) v HEA, 9 Dec 2018
24 Mandhana (HUR) v STA, 9 Dec 2018#WBBL04
All three were the quickest fifties ever for their teams. The Indians' knocks stood second and third on the all-time list.
The overall record belongs jointly to Ash Gardner and Lizelle Lee, who both smashed fifties off 22 balls last season. Interestingly, those innings occurred on 9 December as well!
Kaur's innings included three sixes and six fours, before she fell for 56 off 26 balls. She then rounded off a good day with a superb catch diving forward to send back Harris, and held on to the catch off Heat captain Kirby Short as well, while also pocketing one wicket.
Chasing Thunder's 192/4, Harris gave her team hope, smashing a remarkable five sixes and four fours before Kaur's brilliance ended her knock.
Thunder's total is fourth on the all-time list, behind other 9 December highs, including Hurricanes' 196/6 on Sunday.