Harmanpreet Kaur sets this major T20I record during the women’s Asian Cup final

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India captain Harmanpreet Kaur added another feather to her hat after overtaking New Zealand all-rounder Suzie Bates to become the T20I player with the most caps in the game’s history. The 33-year-old made her 137th appearance in the Asian Cup final against Sri Lanka at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Bangladesh on Saturday. Harmanpreet played her 136th T20I against Thailand in the Asian Cup semifinals to equal the record with Bates. The New Zealander now sits second on the list with 136 games in T20Is. Bates has scored 3,613 runs with a century to her name.

England’s Danielle Wyatt is third overall with 135 T20 appearances. She has scored 2159 runs with two centuries to her name. Her highest score is 124.

Alyssa Healy of Australia has played the fourth most games in T20Is with 132 games. She has 2207 runs with the highest score of 148.

West Indian Deandra Dottin is fifth on the list with 127 games for the West Indies. She has 2697 runs with the highest score of 124 runs with two centuries to her name.

The veteran Indian all-rounder made her debut for India on 11 June 2009 at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup against England in the shorter format of the match.

Known for her huge sixes and lusty floor shots, Harmanpreet has enjoyed a stellar career in the T20I format. She has 2,683 carries in 122 innings at an average of 27.37, with one hundred and eight and a half centuries to her tally.

She became the first Indian woman to smash a T20I hundred as she ran a stunning innings of 103 runs at the 2018 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup against New Zealand. Her shot, coming from 51 balls, was peppered with eight massive sixes and seven boundaries, leading India to a 34-run win over the Kiwi team.

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The flamboyant batsman led the Indian team to a seventh Asian Cup title against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

The day was extremely memorable for India as tight bowling from bowlers, notably Renuka Singh (3/5), limited Sri Lanka to 65/9 in 20 overs. The goal of 66 was chased away with little inconvenience and it was Smriti Mandhana who hit the highest with an unbeaten 51 from 25 balls.

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