England women’s cricket team captain Heather Knight has achieved a new landmark in the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup match. She scored a maiden T20I ton in the match against Thailand and became the first women’s cricketer to score a hundred in all three formats of the game.
In Canberra, when England had lost openers, the skipper came as the saviour for her team. Knight set up a 169-run partnership with Natalie Sciver, which also went on to be the highest-ever partnership in the Women’s T20 World Cup, for any wicket.
The right-hand batswoman went on to fire the Thailand bowlers all over the ground. She scored 108 off just 66 balls that included 13 boundaries and four maximums.
On the other hand, her partner Sciver hit eight boundaries, scoring 59 off 52 balls. Their significant run stand led England to set a mammoth target of 177 runs, after losing two wickets.
Heather Knight seemed surprised with her knock:
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Knight expressed that she was surprised by her knock as she was quicker than her counterpart Sciver in the record-breaking partnership.
“I don’t often score quicker than Natt, she usually takes on the game. The partnership was the key I think. I caught up and hogged the strike a little bit, and I think that helped us come back into the game and put a decent total on the board,” she said.
The other two century of Heather came against Australia in Tests in 2013 while in ODIs, she hit a hundred against Pakistan during the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
Meanwhile, Thailand faced their second defeat in the group stage matches. They could only score 78 runs in the run chase against England.
Opening batter Nattakan Chantam’s 32 turned out to be the highest scorer while Naruemol Chaiwai and Nannapat Koncharoenkai scored 19 and 12 respectively.
Besides, captain Sornnarin Tippoch lost her wicket after scoring just one run.