Published: Fri, June 30, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Sciver, Knight star in England's victory

Sciver, Knight star in England's victory

Pakistan is all set to pick up itself and redeem after suffering a three-wicket defeat against South Africa.

Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight both hit maiden one-day global centuries as England got their World Cup campaign back on track with a 107-run Duckworth-Lewis victory over Pakistan.

After winning the toss, Pakistan captain Sana Mir invited her English counterparts to bat first, a decision that backfired big time as England piled up a massive score of 377 runs for the loss of seven wickets.

Sciver hammered a 92-ball 137 while Knight scored a 109-ball 106 as England posted a mammoth 377/7 in 50 overs - the second-highest team total in World Cup history - at Grace Road.

Pakistan were 107-3 inside the 30th over when rain brought a premature end to proceedings, meaning England won by 107 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method and banished memories of their defeat to India on Sunday.

She would go on to play for Devon, before being drafted into the senior England women's team in 2010.

Middle-order batter Fran Wilson's 81 kept England optimistic in their attempt to achieve their highest ever run-chase in the opener but the hosts' immediate problems lie with the ball. She can bowl brilliantly.

The bad luck is that Pakistan only have two seamers available and a leg spinner Bismah Maroof off the field and she also has the hand injury. To see her progress as a player has been really pleasing to watch. "Our girls, including me, were under pressure and gave some lose balls, which eventually cost us the game".

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