Sciver, Knight tons set up England's win over Pakistan

Carla Harmon
June 28, 2017

All-rounder Natalie Sciver lived up to her billing as the women's side's equivalent of Ben Stokes as England chalked up their highest ever World Cup total to thrash Pakistan at Grace Road, Leicester.

England's total was their highest in a World Cup match, and second only to Australia's tournament record of 412 for 3 against Denmark in 1997.

Sarah Taylor missed some full-length swing to be lbw to Kainat Imtiaz, and her fellow opener Tammy Beaumont was caught-behind off the same bowler as Pakistan's seamers found swing under cloudy skies.

Spinners were always unlikely to be effective in these conditions, and Sciver and Knight knew that.

Sciver reached her century in 76 balls - England's fastest in World Cups and second-fastest overall. England ended up hitting 44 fours and seven sixes.

Sciver was the first to reach fifty, off just 36 balls, as she pillaged four successive boundaries off Nashra Sandhu making Knight's half-century off 65 deliveries look rather more sedate.

Danni Wyatt (42no), on the occasion of her 50th cap, and Fran Wilson (33) kept up the momentum with a sixth-wicket stand of 59 off just 5.5 overs as Pakistan's fielding became increasingly sloppy.

Knight, whose 46 against India had given her team a glimmer of hope in their opening defeat against India, nailed an early drive through the covers to settle into her new day's work, but she stepped up the ante when Sana Mir entered the attack with her offspin.

And, just as she had done against India, Knight also led the way in clearing the ropes, cracking a brace of sixes over cow corner en route to her own century from 105 balls.

The stand had equalled England's and the tournament record - set 24 years ago against Ireland - when Knight's attempt to dispatch the returning Asmavia Iqbal (three for 62) saw her instead caught at long-off. Nahida Khan, Javeria Khan and Asmavia Iqbal have returned to the pavilion scoring a total of 19 among them.

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