4th ODI – Heather Knight’s Century help England take series victory against New Zealand Women

Captain Heather Knight takes her team to a 3-1 lead in the 5 match ODI series against New Zealand as the host successfully chased their highest ever ODI total of 245 runs.

 

The England captain brings up her 2nd ODI century and has led her team to the brink of victory. PC: Twitter
The England captain brings up her 2nd ODI century and has led her team to the brink of victory. PC: Twitter

 

The White Ferns were put to bat by England and performed brilliantly with the bat after being 3 down for 33 followed by 56 runs stand between Amy Satterthwaite and their captain Sophie Devine. While Devine got out for 41, Satterthwaite went on to score 54, and Katey Martin leading the team’s batting with her innings of unbeaten 65. New Zealand rested two of their star performers, Lea Tahuhu and Molly Penfold in this match, making way for Hannah Rowe who later went on getting a 4-wicket haul. New Zealand finished their batting with 244 for 8 wickets.

The hosts started off well with Charlotte Dean taking a 3-wicket Haul, Anya Shrubsole, and Freya Davies getting 2 to their account and Sciver with a runout, though New Zealand went on putting up a huge total. England then shined with their chase as well by putting 49 onboard without the loss of a wicket at the end of 10 overs but in a matter of 6 overs, they were 3 wickets down, all of which taken by Rowe, the score being 71-3 but it was all England thereafter with a 100 runs fourth-wicket stand between the Captain Knight and Amy Jones with the latter getting out on 40 and once again it was Rowe with her fourth. However, Knight went on scoring a century which had ten fours after falling to Devine in the second last over of the match in an attempt to try an early finish. Had it not been the captain’s inning, it would have been tough for England with no other batter going beyond 40. It is worth stating that England follows a rotation policy to give a chance to as many players as possible and so they rested some of their top names – Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, and Tash Farrant during this match.

It is all done from here for England. Their amazing performance not only helped them take the match by 3 wickets but also the ODI series. Just to remind you, they also were the winners of the three-match T20I series played between the two teams earlier this month.

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The last of the five ODIs will be played on Sunday, 26th September 3:30 PM onwards in Canterbury.

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