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ENG-W vs SL-W: Nat Sciver-Brunt and Charlie Dean makes history

By Akanksha - September 15, 2023 - Last updated on Sep 15, 2023 01:31 PM
ENG-W vs SL-W: Nat Sciver-Brunt and Charlie Dean makes history

The trophy has been given to the England squad. In the third One-Day International (ODI) of Sri Lanka Women's tour of England in 2023, England Women defeated Sri Lanka Women in a commanding show of cricketing brilliance. England had a superb effort throughout the game at Grace Road, shattering several records.

Nat Sciver-Brunt's Century

On her 100th one-day international appearance, Nat Sciver-Brunt broke the record with a century as England hammered Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Sciver-Brunt, who was filling in for the injured skipper Heather Knight, scored England's quickest women's ODI century in just 66 balls.

Sciver-Brunt reached 120 from 74 deliveries after surpassing the previous mark by Charlotte Edwards from 70 balls against New Zealand in 2012. If Maia Bouchier had smashed her 65th ball for a six, her record would have only lasted a few minutes. Instead, she was lbw for 95, ending a 193-run stand in 121 deliveries with Sciver-Brunt that featured several boundaries.

Match Summary

They contributed to England's score of 273-8 in a match that was trimmed to 31 overs apiece at Grace Road due to a weather delay.

With Sri Lanka being bowled for 112, Charlie Dean grabbed five wickets, giving England a 161-run victory and a 2-0 series triumph. Sri Lanka may have as well raised the white flag right then. Within the first seven overs of the chase, Lauren Filer and Mahika Gaur reduced England's opponents to 24 for three, with Sciver-Brunt taking over the leadership in place of Heather Knight (who was unwell).

Charlie Dean's Remarkable Performance

However, it was Dean who claimed the crucial wicket of Chamari Athapaththu, trapping her lbw for the second time in as many games, before accomplishing the exceptional feat of taking three wickets in a single over with an athletic dive to her right to snare a caught-and-bowled, an off-break that entices a nick from Hasini Perera, and a flighter that bowls Dilhari through the gate.

The last piece to the perfect day's work for England came when Udeshika Prabodhani pulled one on to her own stumps in the 19th over. Dean celebrated her first five-wicket haul.

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