5th Match, Leicester, Jun 27 2017, ICC Women's World Cup
(29.2/29.2 ov, target 215)107/3
ENG Women won by 107 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
137 (92)
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• 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

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Scorecard summary
England Women377/7(50 overs)
Nat Sciver137 (92)
Heather Knight106 (109)
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...

Hartley to Nain Abidi, no run

tossed up on the stumps and tapped away once again

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: 12.90
Nain Abidi23 (41)
Ayesha Zafar56 (77)
Nat Sciver 2-0-9-0
Alex Hartley 6-1-13-1

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

Sciver to Nain Abidi, 1 run

worked into the leg side for another single

Sciver to Nain Abidi, no run

pitched up and driven into the covers without timing

Sciver to Ayesha Zafar, 1 leg bye

slightly leg side and worked off the pads

Sciver to Ayesha Zafar, no run

fullish, driven along the ground to mid-on

Sciver to Nain Abidi, 1 run

full toss from Sciver, Abidi walks across and hefts the ball down to fine leg for one

Sciver to Nain Abidi, no run

shortish outside off, poked towards point

end of over 284 runs
PAK-W: 104/3CRR: 3.71 RRR: 12.45
Ayesha Zafar56 (75)
Nain Abidi21 (37)
Alex Hartley 6-1-13-1
Nat Sciver 1-0-7-0
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

Hartley to Ayesha Zafar, no run

tossed up and tapped into the off side

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

Hartley to Ayesha Zafar, no run

flat delivery, dabbed back into the off side

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

Hartley to Ayesha Zafar, no run

angled in on the stumps and worked to leg

end of over 277 runs
PAK-W: 100/3CRR: 3.70 RRR: 12.08
Ayesha Zafar52 (69)
Nain Abidi21 (37)
Nat Sciver 1-0-7-0
Alex Hartley 5-1-9-1
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

Sciver to Nain Abidi, 1 run

back of a length outside off, goes back and glides a single to third man

Sciver to Nain Abidi, no run

pitched up and driven, slightly aerial but it doesn't carry to Knight in the covers

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

Sciver to Nain Abidi, no run

wicket-to-wicket from Sciver, gets into line and defends

Sciver to Nain Abidi, no run

comes across on off stump and stabs the ball square

Match details
Grace Road, Leicester
TossPakistan Women, elected to field first
SeriesICC Women's World Cup
Player Of The Match
Nat Sciver
Nat Sciver
Match numberODI no. 1060
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 - day (50-over match)
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Chris Brown
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Jacqueline Williams
Reserve Umpire
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Match Referee
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Richie Richardson
PointsEngland Women 2, Pakistan Women 0