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England Women outplay Pakistan by 212 runs to take series

by  BETWINNER  •  Last updated on 2020-07-31 11:03:07

If the first One-Day International between England and Pakistan Women turned out to be a walk in the park for the hosts, the second of the three-match series, played the following day on Wednesday (June 22) at County Ground, New Road, Worcester, broke records galore.

Maiden one-day centuries from openers Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield, complemented by a 33-ball 80-run blitzkrieg from Natalie Sciver took England to their highest-ever total in the format as they set Pakistan a target of 379. Mentally battered and bruised, Pakistan succumbed meekly being bowled out for 166 in 47.4 overs, handing England a whopping 212-run win and a series win.

When Pakistan opted to field, they would have far from imagined an onslaught such as the one they were dealt with. England started strongly with their openers starting cautiously. However, once they found their rhythm, there was no stopping them. The first signs of the attack came as early as in the seventh over which yielded 19 runs off Asmavia Iqbal.

There was no looking back from there are the opening par let loose to score their maiden ODI centuries en route a stand of 235 runs which is the sixth-highest in women's cricket. While Beaumont reached the landmark off 114 balls, Winfield got there in 106. It was one of those serendipitous moments as both were dismissed in the same over, two balls apart, by Maham Tariq in the 39th. Winfield's 117-ball 123 was laced with 15 boundaries and two sixes, while Beaumont's 116-ball 104 had 10 fours and as many sixes.

If Pakistan then were under the impression that respite was on its way, there were proved wrong. Sciver came in with an intent that had attack written all over it. After the first six deliveries she faced yielded just three runs, the next 30 fetched her 77. She put on 84 runs for the fourth wicket with Heather Knight in just 5.2 overs while she ended the innings on 80 - a knock that saw seven boundaries and six sixes being belted. With six of her shots sailing over the ropes, she joined Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates with the second-highest number of sixes hit in an ODI innings, only behind Deandra Dottin's seven.

Knight played her part with a 14-ball 26, but departed in the penultimate over. Danielle Wyatt saw out the last over with 12 runs with Sciver being run out on the last ball of the innings, but not before England finished with 378 for 5. Pakistan would not be proud of boasting of a record that spells four of the five highest totals in women's cricket have been scored against them.

Pakistan's openers were back in the shed by the sixth over, setting them back in the improbable chase. With their in-form Sidra Ameen dismissed, the experience of Bismah Maroof and Javeria Khan shone as they added 49 runs for the third wicket. Javeria and Iram Javed departed in the space of two overs with Sciver showcasing her all-round prowess, accounting for both.

Sana Mir and Maroof provided Pakistan's innings with some definition with a 61-run stand as the latter scored a useful half-century, but after she was dismissed for 61 off 81 by Katherine Brunt, the side collapsed. Anya Shrubsole helped wipe the tail off for just 29 runs, finishing with four wickets for 19 runs.

The win took England to third place in the ICC Women's Championship table with 17 points, three shy of second West Indies.