Women's WC17: England defeat Pakistan by 107 runs (D/L method)

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But with persistent rain starting shortly afterwards and Pakistan 3-107 after 29.2 overs - some way short of the DLS par score of 214 - England was awarded the win.

Pakistan are next up at Grace Road today, having lost their own curtain-raiser against South Africa, and their men's side have already shown this summer how to put a bad start to bed.

Opener Ayesha Zafar remained the top-scorer for Pakistan with 56 (77). Pakistan was 107 for 3 in 29.2 overs when rain stopped play.

"We were just saying it was a good pitch, and we knew the outfield was lightning, so "get yourself in and get as many as you can". Nain Abidi scored an unbeaten 23 (43). Steadily at first, but with increasing intent, she and Knight bent England's innings back into shape, and Pakistan's prospects decisively out of kilter, with a stand of 213 in exactly 30 overs.

Knight, whose 46 against India had given her team a glimmer of hope in their opening defeat against India, nailed an early drive through the covers to settle into her new day's work, but she stepped up the ante when Sana Mir entered the attack with her offspin. Skipper Heather Knight made 106 and led from the front after the loss of initial wickets. Using her feet with good intent, she dumped a lofted drive through long-on for four, before picking off two more fours in her next over, with a paddle behind square and a thump through point. There was less luck for Pakistan Women bowlers who were hit all around the park.

Sciver hit 137 off 92 balls and captain Knight scored 106 off 109 balls as England recovered from 42 for two to finish at 377 for seven in 50 overs, the second-highest total in competition history behind Australia's 412 for three in 1997.

The crucial part of the first innings was the last 13 overs in which the green shirts conceded 146 runs.

It was the highest total they had ever achieved at the World Cup as they bounced back from defeat to India in their opening match with a crushing win.

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