Danielle Wyatt hits breathtaking century as record-breaking England beat India


Mark Robinson will be so delighted with his side's fortitude after a hard innings in the field and Wyatt's brilliance means it's two from two with Australia the next match on Wednesday.

India squad: Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Dayalan Hemalatha, Veda Krishnamurthy, Devika Vaidya, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Rajeshwari Gayakwad.

This was Wyatt's second T20 global century and it was only befitting that she completed it with a boundary. Propelled by Smriti Mandhana's 76-run knock, which included 12 boundaries and two sixes, they managed to set a respected target of 198 runs in front of England team to win.

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After Wyatt fell, Natalie Sciver (12 not out) and Heather Knight (8 not out) took England home easily. The two hammered the loose deliveries on a placid track.

Mithali, who was playing a second fiddle, then made a decision to up the ante and hit boundaries as India raced to 96 in 10 overs. But except for veteran Jhulan Goswami's 1-32 in 3.4 overs, the other five bowlers were taken to cleaners by Wyatt and Tamsin Beaumont (35 off 23). "We know it's a batting wicket, so only if we bowl well can we win the game, because if we don't bowl well, then they also have a good batting line up", she said.

She also smashed the fastest ever century for England in women's cricket, reaching three figures off just 52 deliveries. Mithali Raj will lead the team with Harmanpreet Kaur as the vice-captain. However, on a placid Brabourne Stadium track, the England batters, led by Danielle Wyatt's 64-ball 124 (15x4, 5x6) delivered the knockout punch, inflicting a seven-wicket win on the hosts with eight balls left.