Every team in the Women’s World Cup 2017 has played four games at this stage of the tournament, with Australia and India being the only undefeated teams as on Friday (July 7). So far, this edition has been highlighted by some big totals and quick scoring.
England alone have posted two totals in excess of 370 – first 377 for 7 against Pakistan and then 373 for 5 against South Africa, who have one of the strongest bowling line-ups in the tournament. Shabnim Ismail, South Africa’s fast bowler, was taken for 89 runs off her ten overs – the second most runs conceded by a bowler in an ODI behind Shazia Khan of Pakistan, who went for 111 against Australia in 1997.
These tall scores by England are second and fifth respectively in the list of highest team totals in the history of the Women’s World Cup.
|Australia||412/3||Denmark||Mumbai||December 16, 1997|
|England||377/7||Pakistan||Leicester||June 27, 2017|
|England||376/2||Pakistan||Vijayawada||December 12, 1997|
|New Zealand||373/7||Pakistan||Sydney||March 19, 2009|
|England||373/5||South Africa||Bristol||July 5, 2017|
Teams batting second haven’t lagged behind either. Australia, in their game against Sri Lanka on June 29, chased down 258 with 37 balls to spare.
And although South Africa lost to England while chasing 373, they didn’t give up and posted 305 for 9 – the only 300-plus score in women’s ODI history while batting second. The match aggregate of 678 in that game is a new record in Women’s One-Day International cricket, beating the previous record of 577 by Australia and New Zealand in 2012 by more than 100 runs.
As Tammy Beaumont said, it is quite likely that this World Cup will see the first successful chase of a 300-plus total.
Highest team total while batting second in World Cups
In World Cups, three of the top five highest team totals while batting second have come this year.
|South Africa||305/9||50.0||England||Bristol||July 5, 2017|
|Australia||262/2||43.5||Sri Lanka||Bristol||June 29, 2017|
|New Zealand||251/9||50.0||England||Mumbai (BS)||February 13, 2013|
|England||246/10||47.3||India||Derby||June 24, 2017|
|Sri Lanka||244/9||50.0||England||Mumbai (BS)||February 1, 2013|
In the England-South Africa match, Beaumont and Sarah Taylor put together a partnership of 275 runs for the second wicket – the second highest in women’s ODIs for any wicket after Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut’s 320-run stand against Ireland in May this year.
Most fours in an innings in Women’s World Cups
Taylor’s innings of 147 runs contained 24 fours, a new World Cup record whereas Beaumont hit 22 fours on her way to 148. In Sri Lanka’s match against Australia earlier, Chamari Atapattu also had 22 fours in her innings of 178 not out.
|Sarah Taylor (Eng)||147||24||South Africa||Bristol||July 5, 2017|
|Belinda Clark (Aus)||229*||22||Denmark||Mumbai||December 16, 1997|
|Chamari Atapattu (SL)||178*||22||Australia||Bristol||June 29, 2017|
|Tammy Beaumont (Eng)||148||22||South Africa||Bristol||July 5, 2017|
|Charlotte Edwards (Eng)||173*||19||Ireland||Pune||December 16, 1997|
Fastest fifties in World Cups
Chloe Tryon hit five fours and four sixes on her way to the second fastest fifty in World Cups, raising the landmark off just 25 balls. On the same day against Pakistan, Australia’s Elyse Villani also scored a fifty off just 34 balls, which is now the fifth fastest.
|Deandra Dottin (WI)||20||Sri Lanka||Mumbai||February 3, 2013|
|Chloe Tryon (SA)||25||England||Bristol||July 5, 2017|
|Rachel Priest (NZ)||29||West Indies||Taunton||July 6, 2017|
|Eshani Kaushalya (SL)||30||India||Mumbai (BS)||February 5, 2013|
|Elyse Villani (Aus)||34||Pakistan||Leicester||July 5, 2017|
Note: This is for matches where data for balls faced is available.
Boundaries/match in the last five Women’s World Cup
As a result of those big and speedy innings, this tournament has already seen 663 fours and 52 sixes in just 15 completed games, making for 44.20 fours per game and 3.47 sixes per game. These are the highest figures in the last five editions of the Women’s World Cup.
Although batting has dominated so far, bowlers too have had their moments. South Africa’s bowling attack skittled Windies for just 48 – their second lowest ODI total. Dane van Niekerk, South Africa’s captain, took four wickets without conceding a single run – a new record for most wickets in an innings without conceding a run in all international cricket, men or women.