Beaumont, Wyatt star in crushing win for England over Pakistan
Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt struck emphatic tons to set up a comfortable 75-run win for England Women against Pakistan Women in the first of the three ODIs in Kuala Lumpur.
The two openers forged a mammoth 188-run stand for the first wicket after England elected to bat first.
Wyatt was the aggressor in the dominant partnership as she clubbed three sixes alongside 12 boundaries in a hefty contribution of 110 off 95 deliveries.
The 28-year-old, having earlier brought up her maiden century in ODI cricket, was finally dismissed off a caught and bowled chance completed by Pakistan skipper Bismah Maroof.
Her blazing knock was followed by a steady stand between Beaumont and captain Heather Knight that lasted 63 deliveries.
Beaumont got out to debutant Rameen Shamim for a wonderfully crafted 141-ball 107 and her departure was followed by a late flurry of wickets.
Natalie Sciver, Amy Jones and Fran Wilson all fell for cheap scores but England managed to post an imposing 284-6 in their 50 overs, though at one stage they looked set to exceed the 300-run mark.
Rameen was the most prolific out of the Pakistan bowlers as she picked three wickets for 61 runs in 10 overs.
Wyatt later reflected on the difficulties involved in negotiating the ball on a tough surface after being named player of the match.
“I’m delighted to have gotten a century and for us to get the win. It was a tough challenge early on. The pitch was slow and skiddy so it was really important to play straight."
“Heather’s given me licence to play my game at the top of the order and that’s what I did," she said.
Pakistan, in reply, lost two early wickets as Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole ran riot with the new ball upfront.
Javeria Khan was soon dismissed for 19 leaving Pakistan reeling at 39-3 in 11 overs.
Umaima Sohail then provided solid company to Bismah, who reached the 13th half-century of her ODI career.
The repair job led by the two batters ultimately was rendered ineffective as Sciver broke the thriving partnership.
Aliya Riaz upped the ante with seven fours during her breezy 35-ball 39 but England soon applied the brakes by getting regular breakthroughs.
A dramatic collapse towards the end meant Pakistan lost their last four wickets for just six runs as they were bundled out for 209 in 44.4 overs.