The upcoming edition is expected to be the last one with BCCI planning a full-fledged Women's IPL from next year.
Batting at No 7, she had to see through a chase where India needed 11 runs from two overs with two wickets in hand.
The nominations in the men's category also feature UAE batter Vriitya Aravind, Nepal's Dipendra Singh Airee, and the women's category include New Zealand all-rounder Amelia Kerr.
Versatility with bat and ability to bowl in powerplay and middle-overs makes the all-rounder crucial to India's plans at the global event.
Having lost all matches played here so far, including the lone T20I, the Mithali Raj-led faces the ignominy of a one-sided series defeat days ahead of the World Cup.
Indian bowlers had pulled things back a bit by taking wickets in the back end of the New Zealand innings but the hosts still managed to post 275 allout in 48.1 overs.
Her opening partner Smriti Mandhana dropped a spot to fourth, while in bowler's rankings India's Deepti Sharma gained one position to displace Australia's Megan Schutt from fourth place.
Harmanpreet first took a couple of wickets with her off-spin before smashing an unbeaten 73 off 46 balls as her team Melbourne Renegades defeated Adelaide Strikers by six wickets in Perth.
The 21-year-old Rodrigues, a top-order batter for the Indian women's team, slammed nine fours during her 56-ball 75 to power Melbourne to 142 for five.
Right ahead of the dinner break, Australia skipper Meg Lanning declared the innings at 241/9 -- still trailing by 136 runs.
Elysse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner were batting on 27 and 13 respectively at stumps.
For India Deepti Sharma made a fine 66, finishing as the team's second best scorer, a day after opener Smriti Mandhana's magnificent maiden hundred in the format.
The visitors declared their innings shortly after Deepti Sharma's dismissal for 167-ball 66-run knock at the Carrara Oval.
Sydney Thunder coach Trevor Griffin said that his team's title defence had received an extra edge with Indian superstars Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma signing on for the club's WBBL|07 campaign.
Agra-born all-rounder, Deepti Sharma, is currently in England playing in the inaugural edition of 'The Hundred'.