Women’s World Cup: England wins as records tumble

Batting first, England rode on a second-wicket stand of 275-the highest in Women’s World Cup history and the second-highest in all women’s ODIs-to notch up 373 for five in 50 overs.

Sarah Taylor (147) and Tammy Beaumont (148) both struck centuries for England, with the former’s knock coming in just 104 balls with the help of 24 boundaries.   -  Getty Images

England emerged triumphant by 68 runs despite South Africa becoming the first team to score in excess of 300 batting second in women’s ODI, in the ICC Women’s World Cup here on Wednesday.

Batting first, England rode on a second-wicket stand of 275 - the highest in Women’s World Cup history and the second-highest in all women’s ODIs-to notch up 373 for five in 50 overs.

Sarah Taylor (147) and Tammy Beaumont (148) both struck centuries for England, with the former’s knock coming in just 104 balls with the help of 24 boundaries.

Beaumont hit 22 fours and a six during her 145-ball innings.

Needing to pull off the highest successful chase ever, South Africa managed 305 for nine, thanks to half-centuries from Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee and Chloe Tryon in a run fest at the Country Ground.

AUSTRALIA THRASHES PAKISTAN

Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Elyse Villani were in sparkling form as Australia routed Pakistan by 159 runs.

The trio's well-constructed half-centuries to help Australia recover from seven for two to 290 for eight in 50 overs after stand-in captain Rachael Haynes had elected to bat first after winning the toss.

Perry scored 66 (97b, 5x4), Healy remained unbeaten on 63 in a rapid 40-ball cameo (9x4, 1x6) and Villani scored a punishing 59 off 40 balls (5x4, 4x6) as Australia scored 153 runs in the last 20 overs. Villani and Perry added 83 runs for the fourth wicket, while Healy and Sarah Aley (15 not out) put on 51 runs for the unfinished ninth wicket in just under four overs.

The target of 291 was always going to be a daunting one for Pakistan and the top order didn’t help its cause by opting for some over-ambitious strokes that brought about its downfall. As such, half of its side was back in the hut at the halfway stage at the score of 62, before the innings wrapped up for 131 on the last ball of its allotted overs.