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.
In reply, New Zealand were stopped at 160 for nine. "We knew they have really good batters, they have Sophie Devine and [Suzie] Bates, we knew if we scored just 150, we may not (win the game)". "And I think when I came to the ground, I was feeling a little low and getting some cramps", Harmanpreet said, when asked why she had needed attention from the physio during her innings.
India were in a spot of bother when Hemalatha was dismissed, and another wicket would have only added to their worry.
Last year, too, Kaur had showcased her power-hitting with a brilliant 115-ball 171 in the World Cup semifinal game against Australia.More news: Pat Howard pushed out early as Cricket Australia purge continues
Harmanpreet got into the mode with two sixes off Jess Watkin in the 10th over, as India reached 76 for the loss of three wickets. That this happened after a sedate start, which saw India at a precarious 41/3 at the end of the Powerplay overs, only adds to the spectacular quotient of what Harmanpreet and her team achieved.
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.
That was just one of the big overs for the team. "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".
Harmanpreet Kaur made her claim to be put among the top hitters of game, gender no bar, after she smashed a whirlwind T20I century in India's opening match of the ICC Women's World T20 2018 against New Zealand in Providence Stadium, Guyana on Friday.More news: The untold truth of Jim Acosta
"Yeah, when she [Rodrigues] got her first boundary, she was looking very good, the way she played that cover drive", Harmanpreet said.
The contest was as good as over for New Zealand after Bates' dismissal and India kept up the pressure on their opponents.
But debutant Dayalan Hemalatha impressed as she picked up three wickets and spinner Poonam Yadav took 3-33 as the White Ferns crumbled going for big shots in search of boundaries.More news: Historic filming location for HBO's Westworld burns down in Cali wildfire