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.
Sciver and skipper Heather Knight both struck their maiden one-day international centuries, scoring 137 and 106 respectively, as England amassed a mammoth 377-7 from their 50-over allocation.
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.
“That is probably the best innings I’ve seen Nat play,” said Knight. “She was hitting the ball brilliantly from ball one as she always does. She’s one of the cleanest strikers of the ball in the world. To see her progress as a player has been really pleasing to watch.
“She’s one of the best all rounders. She can bowl brilliantly. We call her our Ben Stokes of the team. She’s a little bit less aggressive. I’m really pleased for her.”
Sciver, who struck 14 fours and four sixes in her knock, said: “That’s certainly the best innings of my career for England. I had been feeling pretty good all season and it was a really good feeling to get to three figures. I just had to do the basics well.”
Victory moved England to third in the round-robin table and play Sri Lanka at Taunton on Sunday.