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Nat Sciver-Brunt ton helps England thrash Pakistan Women by 178 runs 

By News Desk

May 29, 2024 11:44 PM


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Nat Sciver-Brunt once again proved herself to be the gold standard of England's batting with a mighty 117-ball 124 not out, then followed up with two game-breaking wickets in her first bowl of the summer, as England powered to an emphatic 178-run victory in the third and final ODI against Pakistan at Chelmsford.

The result condemned Pakistan to a 2-0 series loss in the 50-over leg of their tour, to go along with their 3-0 whitewashing in the T20Is. And, in a welcome sign of progress for the hosts after last week's "scrappy" 37-run victory at Derby, this was England's most complete display of their five completed matches, with Pakistan's innings this time mopped up with more than 20 overs to spare.

With England's imposing 302 for 5 on the board, Pakistan were reduced to 35 for 3 in the powerplay by Lauren Bell, who bagged both openers in the space of ten balls including Sidra Amin to a sharp take from Maia Bouchier at cover, and Kate Cross, who induced Ayesha Zafar into a flat flick to midwicket for 13.

Then, after Sciver-Brunt had signalled her return to bowling fitness with the scalps of Najiha Alvi for 6 and Muneeba, caught off a top-edge for a battling 47 from 55 balls off the final ball of her designated five-over spell, it was over to Sophie Ecclestone with a slice of history of her own.

The world's No.1 spin bowler is a handy operator to be able to introduce at 96 for 6 after 21 overs, after Charlie Dean had been rewarded for her own perseverance by picking off Fatima Sana for a third-ball duck. She duly mopped up the resistance with three wickets in 25 balls, including two in two to march through to 100 ODI wickets in her 64th match - the quickest in women's ODI history - with her captain Heather Knight grabbing Nashra Sandhu at slip for the landmark wicket.

With Nida Dar unable to bat after tweaking her hamstring in the field, it was left to England's substitute fielder Sophia Dunkley to wrap up the contest with more than 20 overs remaining, with a sharp tumbling take at long-off that ended Aliya Riaz's batting innings of 36 from 41.

Earlier, Sciver-Brunt's ninth ODI hundred was her fourth in nine innings and tenth in all formats for England, and also took her past 3,500 ODI runs in her 94th innings, at a faster rate than any female batter in history. Her only genuine let-off came on 86, when Najiha Alvi spilled a thin edge off Nashra that could also have been a stumping chance but, unfazed, she banked her century from 110 balls with back-to-back scoops for four off Sana, before truly cutting loose to apply a gloss finish to the innings. Danny White played an innings of 44 runs. Brent and Danny White added 79 runs for the fourth wicket, while Brent and Alice Kepsey's unbeaten sixth wicket partnership added 87 runs. Alice Kepsey remained not out by scoring 39 runs.

Diana Baig's final over was clattered for consecutive straight sixes and another lofted four through the covers, as England ransacked 47 runs from the final three overs.

Umm-e-Hani took 2 wickets by giving 47 runs.

Brief Scores:

England 302 for 5 (Sciver-Brunt 124*, Wyatt 44, Capsey 39*)

Pakistan 124 (Muneeba 47, Ecclestone 3-15) by 178 runs

 


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