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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Heather Knight Joins The Elite List Of Centurions

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Scoring a century in any of the ICC tournaments is a major thing. And when it comes to T20Is, it is even a more splendid affair.

On Wednesday, England middle-order batswoman Heather Knight brought life at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. The English skipper slammed a sensational 66-ball 108* in the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.

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The senior cricketer was the major difference as England Women thrashed their Thailand counterparts by 98 runs. It was a game where several records were scripted and Knight was in the thick of things.

With this unbeaten ton, the English batswoman became the first player to slam centuries in all formats of the game.

Knight had slammed 157 versus Australia in Test cricket back in the year 2013. She then hit a superb 106 versus Pakistan in the 50-over format in 2017. She has now followed it up with 108* in the shortest format. The celebrated cricketer his a 66-ball. Her innings was laced with 13 fours and four sixes.

So far, we have had three centurions in the history of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. Knight became the fourth player to join the list, besides becoming the first English cricketer to achieve the mark as well.

Centurion Knight and Sciver put on a world record show

Knight World T20
Natalie Sciver (59*) and Knight were the flag bearers for England in this one-sided affair. The two shared an unbeaten 169-run stand for the third wicket. Their partnership is now the highest T20I stand in ICC Women’s T20 World Cup history.
Batsmen Partnership Wicket Edition
Sciver/Knight 169* 3rd 2020
Lee/D van Niekerk 163 1st 2014
Rodrigues/Kaur 134 4th 2018
Taylor/Morgan 122* 3rd 2009

Knight also surpassed the 1,000-run mark in T20Is (1,060). The batswoman achieved the mark in her 62nd inning. She became the seventh England batswoman and the 31st overall to achieve the milestone. Knight also went past the mark of 100 fours in the format (104). Meanwhile, Sciver registered her seventh career T20I fifty. She also raced to 1,332 career T20I runs.

Knight joins trio in terms of World T20 hundred 

Knight World T20
Batsmen Runs Strike-rate Fours/Sixes
Deandra Dottin 112* 248.88 7/9
Meg Lanning 126 193.84 18/4
Harmanpreet Kaur 103 201.96 7/8
Heather Knight 108 163.64 13/4

Deandra Dottin was the maiden centurion in Women’s World T20

28-year-old West Indian Deandra Dottin became the first women’s cricketer to smash a century in the global T20 tournament. The player achieved the feat against South Africa Women in the 2010 edition of the World T20. It was a match-defining knock by the player, who came in and played a blinder.

In the match, WI Women were reeling at 4/52 at one stage. However, Dottin, who came in at number six, went on to hit a 45-ball 112*. The player hit seven fours and nine towering sixes. Notably, her striker-rate was a whopping 248.88. Her heroics saw WI post 175/5 in 20 overs. South Africa Women were then restricted to 158/4.

Dottin also claimed 1/20 to leave a huge impression.

Meg Lanning holds the record for the highest individual score

Australia Women have always dominated cricket as a whole and T20Is have been their forte.
No wonder, the side has managed to win four World T20 titles. In the 2014 edition of the tournament, Australia Women skipper Meg Lanning blasted 126 from just 65 deliveries. She had a strike-rate of 193.84 against Ireland Women in Sylhet.
Lanning made her presence felt with 18 fours and four sixes. She shared an 86-run stand alongside Delissa Kimmince (35) for the second wicket.
And then posted another 83-run stand for the third wicket alongside Alex Blackwell. Australia posted a commanding 191/4 in 20 overs and Lanning scored the bulk of it.
In reply, Ireland Women were never in the game and mustered 113/7 to hand Australia a 78-run victory.

Harmanpreet dazzled against White Ferns in the 2018 edition

India may have lost in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2018, however, the Women in Blue played solid cricket prior to the last-four battle.
And one major moment in that phase came for skipper Harmanpreet against New Zealand Women. Harmanpreet slammed a 51-ball 103 at a rate of 201.96. She hit seven fours and eight sixes.
India were reeling at 40/3 at one stage, before Harmanpreet joined hands with Jemimah Rodrigues and he duo added a 134-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Rodrigues hit a 45-ball 59. Harmanpreet stole the show with a timely knock. Her efforts helped the Indian women’s cricket team reach a tally of 194/5 in 20 overs.
Chasing 195 was always going to be difficult for the White Ferns. The went on to manage 160/9 in reply.
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