ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: Heather Knight's whirlwind ton helps England hammer Thailand by record 98-run margin

Captain Heather Knight's maiden T20 International century helped England notch up a record-breaking 98-run victory over debutants Thailand in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Canberra on Wednesday.

Press Trust of India, Feb 26, 2020 14:30:11 IST

Canberra: Captain Heather Knight's maiden T20 International century helped England notch up a record-breaking 98-run victory over debutants Thailand in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Canberra on Wednesday.

Knight blasted a majestic 108 not out from 66 balls to become the fourth batter to make a hundred at the event and send records tumbling.

ICC Womens T20 World Cup 2020: Heather Knights whirlwind ton helps England hammer Thailand by record 98-run margin

England skipper Heather Knight raises her bat after completing a 63-ball ton. AP

England's total of 176 for two, after being sent in to bat, was their highest T20 International total and Knight's unbeaten third-wicket stand of 169 with Nat Sciver (59 not out) was the highest partnership for any wicket in Women's T20 World Cup history.

Thailand managed 78 for seven from their 20 overs, with England's victory by 98 runs the largest winning margin at the tournament.

All this was scarcely conceivable after a remarkable start to the game when the 2009 winners were reduced to seven for two. Bot England openers were dismissed for ducks for just the second time in T20 Internationals.

Nattaya Boochatham, leading T20I wicket-taker in the world in 2019, sparked wild celebrations as her arm ball beat a charging Amy Jones and she was stumped second ball.

Opening partner Danni Wyatt then perished for a golden duck, slicing Soraya Lateh to cover point where Wongpaka Liengprasert dived forward to take an excellent catch.

Just as in their defeat against South Africa in Perth, Sciver combined security with expansive stroke-play to grasp the impetus, scoring her third half-century in four innings.

Knight swept Ratanaporn Padunglerd over backward square for six to reach her half-century in 34 balls. She became the fourth England player to reach three figures with a cut for two in the final over.

Knight has a remarkable record at Manuka Oval, with all four of her T20I 50-plus scores coming in Australia's capital, the most of any woman at a single venue in the format.

Natthakan Chantham top-scored with a 53-ball 32 in the Thailand's unsuccessful run chase.

For England, pacer Anya Shrubsole took 3 wickets for 21 runs while Sciver chipped in with the ball also with figures of 2/5.

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Updated Date: Feb 26, 2020 14:30:11 IST


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Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
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Chennai
0 0 0 0 0
2
Delhi
0 0 0 0 0
3
Kolkata
0 0 0 0 0
4
Punjab
0 0 0 0 0
5
Mumbai
0 0 0 0 0
6
Bangalore
0 0 0 0 0
7
Rajasthan
0 0 0 0 0
8
Hyderabad
0 0 0 0 0
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2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
6 Sri Lanka 4191 91
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2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
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2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
6 New Zealand 7114 245