Nat Sciver-Brunt Scores Fastest ever Century in her 100th ODI

Nat Sciver-Brunt the 30-year-old all-rounder was born in Tokyo. She made her International debut for England on 1st July 2013 in a One Day International against Pakistan. She continues to grow her stature at the international level with her impressive performances. She completed 10 years at the international level on 1st July 2023 in the first T20I at Birmingham in the Women’s Ashes. She has developed as one of the key players in England’s lineup.

Nat Sciver-Brunt Scores Fastest ever Century in her 100th ODI. PC: Twitter
Nat Sciver-Brunt Scores Fastest ever Century in her 100th ODI. PC: Twitter

The England women’s team was currently involved in a limited-overs series against Sri Lanka at home. The home side suffered a shocking defeat in the three-match T20I series, however, they bounced back strongly to clinch the rain-affected ODI series. Nat Sciver-Brunt took over the leadership role in the 3rd ODI as the regular skipper Heather Knight had to miss the final ODI due to sickness.

The 31-year-old all-rounder achieved a remarkable feat in the third ODI against Sri Lanka as she completed 100 appearances for England in the One Day International format. Much like the 2nd ODI, persistent rains threatened to washout the third ODI of the series. However, the game finally got underway, but it was curtailed down to a 31-overs per side contest due to the amount of time lost before the start of play.

Sri Lankan skipper Chamari Athapaththu won the toss and inserted England to bat first. The home side posted a massive total of 273/8 on the board in their quota of overs courtesy of impressive performances from skipper Nat Sciver-Brunt who completed her eighth ODI century (120 off 74 balls), scoring at an impressive strike rate of 162.16. Maia Bouchier provided good support from the other end to the stand-in skipper as she scored her maiden half-century in ODIs (95 off 65 balls), falling just five runs short of her century.

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Her landmark game for England became even more special as she, not only clinched the ODI series as a skipper with a massive 161-run victory in the third ODI but also achieved the unique feat of scoring the fastest century by an England women’s player in the ODI format, reaching there in just 66 balls, going past former England skipper Charlotte Edwards, who scored it in 70 balls.

She was awarded the Player of the Match for her brilliant performance with the bat (120 off 74 balls). Her century in the 3rd ODI was her third in her last four innings in ODIs and her first in the format against Sri Lanka. She became the first English woman to score three ODI centuries in a calendar year, and the first woman from any nation to do so when batting at number four or lower.

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