Result
5th Match, Leicester, Jun 27 2017, ICC Women's World Cup
377/7
(29.2/29.2 ov, target 215)
107/3
ENG Women won by 107 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
England Women
1y
• The Report by Andrew Miller

Sciver and Knight hundreds propel England to comprehensive victory

Natalie Sciver converted her maiden ODI century into a blistering innings of 137 from 92 balls, and Heather Knight, the captain, also passed three figures for the first time in limited-overs cricket

Match centre 
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
England Women377/7(50 overs)
Pakistan Women107/3(29.2 overs)

6.05pm: Play has been abandoned, which means England win by 107 runs on DLS. Thanks for coming, folks! Miller has whipped up a report on proceedings and we'll be back for more later in the week. Cheerio!

5.50pm: No news is not good news in this case - the covers are on and the life force is draining out of this one. The official cut-off time is apparently an hour away but it seems likely we would need most of that just to mop up.

"Is the rule similar for women's cricket as well? 20 overs constitutes a game?" S'right, Sid. It's on (even thought it's currently off)

"Is the Pakistan woman's team as unpredictable as the mens?" wonders osman. "If so we could have a match on our hands after the target has been reduced. Otherwise I might as well get back to my job!" I'd keep pushing that pen, if I were you...

"Wow Woao!!! 377 is massive, @statsguru can you please let us know what is highest total in Womens Cricket?" Here you go, Afsar, it's in the top five. Don't even need much statsguru expertise for that one

"If play not resumed, england will win, right??" asks Vedant, before following up 30 seconds later with: "Cricinfo please Reply on my previous comment." Give us a moment, eh? But, yes, that's right

5.20pm: Still looking pretty grim in Leicester, and we're now eating into the overs. On that subject, here's Joel: "Do you know how many minutes it is per over lost?" Usually it is four in ODIs, so that would mean - roughly - we have about an hour in which to get back on.

5.05pm: Seems to be coming down pretty steadily at Grace Road, which means we can't yet begin to contemplate a restart. We will start to lose overs in about ten minutes...

Here's Morthos, possibly with a cunning plan: "'It ain't over until it's over' - well, unless the next player in to bat is the hitherto unknown (yet strangely familiar) Shahida Afridi, I think we can probably call this one."

"I am from India, nothing to do with this match but still watching and commenting just to get my comment published. At least do it now :(" Come on, Bikash Sharma, you've got to put more effort in than that... I'll give you a pass this time, but the bar has now been raised

4.35pm: We have a rain delay at Leicester, our second of the day. England are well on top, having posted a huge score and taken early wickets... but Ayesha Zafar has posted a career-best, her unflustered, unbeaten innings keeping Pakistan in with the faintest of sniffs. Hopefully the weather blows through quickly - in the meantime, why not check out the county blog, where you can follow the pink-ball games that are underway around the country.

"On any other day, PAK could be pleased with their 'take the 30 over score and double it' position," suggests graybo. Like Sunday, for instance, when there's a fair chance SA would have found 214 beyond them

"'Faintest of sniffs'," scoffs Steppingley Buc, "over 13 an over for 20 more overs is 0% on my wasp!" Now now, don't make the same mistake as CricProf - it ain't over until it's over. Even if detecting Pakistan's chances in solution might test the most optimistic homeopath.

And now the rain does return, the umpires signal for the covers and on trundles the tractor as the players head from the field. The DLS par score after 30 overs is 218 - so Pakistan some way behind that, as things stand. Looks to be fairly heavy rainfall, right now, but we have three-quarters of an hour or so to play with before we start losing overs...

29.2
Hartley to Nain Abidi, no run
tossed up on the stumps and tapped away once again
29.1
Hartley to Nain Abidi, no run
fired in from round the wicket, Abidi blocks on off stump
end of over 293 runs
PAK-W: 107/3CRR: 3.68 • RRR: 324.00
Nain Abidi23 (41)
Ayesha Zafar56 (77)
Natalie Sciver2-0-9-0
Alex Hartley6-1-13-1

"That's Ayesha Zafar's Highest odi score," points out the helpful Mubashar Rizwan

28.6
1
Sciver to Nain Abidi, 1 run
worked into the leg side for another single
28.5
Sciver to Nain Abidi, no run
pitched up and driven into the covers without timing
28.4
1lb
Sciver to Ayesha Zafar, 1 leg bye
slightly leg side and worked off the pads
28.3
Sciver to Ayesha Zafar, no run
fullish, driven along the ground to mid-on
28.2
1
Sciver to Nain Abidi, 1 run
full toss from Sciver, Abidi walks across and hefts the ball down to fine leg for one
28.1
Sciver to Nain Abidi, no run
shortish outside off, poked towards point
end of over 284 runs
PAK-W: 104/3CRR: 3.71 • RRR: 83.25
Ayesha Zafar56 (75)
Nain Abidi21 (37)
Alex Hartley6-1-13-1
Natalie Sciver1-0-7-0
27.6
Hartley to Ayesha Zafar, no run
flat and worked off the pads

Nay Af: "Well played, Ayesha. Being eyeglass fellow, I'm very proud of her. Fingers crossed for her century." And why not indeed... Although she could do with getting a wriggle on

27.5
Hartley to Ayesha Zafar, no run
tossed up and tapped into the off side
27.4
Hartley to Ayesha Zafar, no run
turned into the leg side and they think about one before Ayesha heads back to her crease, Taylor appeals for the run-out having broken the stumps - but umpire Brown isn't having any of it at square leg and on we go
27.3
Hartley to Ayesha Zafar, no run
flat delivery, dabbed back into the off side
27.2
4
Hartley to Ayesha Zafar, FOUR runs
nicely struck, steps on to the front foot and chips four down the ground, no one out there and it runs away to the rope
27.1
Hartley to Ayesha Zafar, no run
angled in on the stumps and worked to leg
end of over 277 runs
PAK-W: 100/3CRR: 3.7 • RRR: 49.28
Ayesha Zafar52 (69)
Nain Abidi21 (37)
Natalie Sciver1-0-7-0
Alex Hartley5-1-9-1
26.6
1
Sciver to Ayesha Zafar, 1 run
sloppy from England, the ball tapped gently into the covers and Knight fields, then manages to wrong-foot Taylor with her throw and the keeper palms it away as Pakistan steal a single to bring up their 100
26.5
1
Sciver to Nain Abidi, 1 run
back of a length outside off, goes back and glides a single to third man
26.4
Sciver to Nain Abidi, no run
pitched up and driven, slightly aerial but it doesn't carry to Knight in the covers
26.3
4
Sciver to Nain Abidi, FOUR runs
that's short and wide and Abidi takes advantage of the extra pace on the ball to thwack a cut away through point for her second boundary
Match details
Grace Road, Leicester
TossPakistan Women , elected to field first
SeriesICC Women's World Cup 2017
Player Of The Match
Natalie Sciver
Match numberWomen's ODI no. 1060
Season2017
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-13.40, Interval 13.40-14.10, Second Session 14.10-17.20
Match days27 June 2017 (50-over match)
Umpires
Chris Brown
Jacqueline Williams
Reserve Umpire
Sharfuddoula
Match Referee
Sir Richie Richardson
PointsEngland Women 2, Pakistan Women 0