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5 T20 knocks of Harmanpreet Kaur that prove she is an Indian cricketing hero

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Harmanpreet Kaur has never failed to shepherd the middle-order and rescued India from a tricky position many times this year. She plays with real freedom and has shown the Indian cricket fans how to play T20 cricket these days. The vice-captain of the Women in Blue has been in rich form in the shorter format of the game with important contributions in all the games she has played this year. Be it India's highest ever run-chase against the three-time World T20 champions in Adelaide or defending 90 odd runs against England in Dharamshala, the 27-year-old has always delivered when needed. She has batted superbly to post challenging totals throughout his career and supported the bowlers by chipping in with four quality overs.Here are 5 contributions of Harmanpreet Kaur in 2016 that prove why she should be as much a marquee player as any of the touted 'greats' in the men's contingent:

#5 A vital 36-ball 41 against Australia

Harmanpreet starred as India won the first T20 against Australia

The Women in Blue began their tour of Australia by pulling off their highest ever run chase in T20 cricket and in the process bettering the 127 they had chased down against New Zealand last year.

After Australia put up a challenging 140 for 5 on the board with wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy slamming 41 off only 15 balls,it was a familiar face that controlled India's chase yet again.

India got off to a worst possible start when Rene Farrell removed Mithali Raj in the second over. But, Harmanpreet Kaur shone with the bat as her 36-ball 41 led them to victory with five wickets and 10 balls to spare.

Kaur struck a six and six fours in the space of 16 deliveries before her dismissal.

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