Knight stars as England women thrash Pakistan

England's Heather Knight celebrates a wicket

First ODI, Grace Road
Pakistan 165 (45.4 overs): Ameen 52, Knight 5-26
England 166-3 (31.5 overs): Beaumont 70, Knight 50*
England won by seven wickets

Heather Knight marked her first game as England women’s captain with five wickets and an unbeaten 50 to seal a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the opening match of the one-day series.

Appointed successor to Charlotte Edwards, Knight took 5-26 to dismiss the tourists for 165 in 45.4 overs.

Opener Tammy Beaumont hit 70, adding 96 with Knight as England cruised home with 18.1 overs to spare at Grace Road.

New Road hosts the second game of the three-match series on Wednesday.

The final ODI will be held at Taunton on Monday, before the sides play three Twenty20s.

Knight is the first player to take a five-wicket haul and score a half-century in a women’s ODI.

Knight leads from the front

Katherine Brunt needed only 19 balls to claim her 100th ODI wicket as Pakistan’s innings began poorly after England won the toss.

But it was Knight who starred, sparking Pakistan’s slide from 93-3 by having Iram Javed caught by Lauren Winfield at first slip with only her second delivery.

Sidra Ameen was caught and bowled by the skipper for 52 off 79 balls, with captain Sana Mir following in the same fashion two balls later.

Number nine Asmavia Iqbal made 22 off 34 balls but Knight wrapped up the innings having her caught at long-on two deliveries after Sania Khan fell.

Full report to follow.

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