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Wyatt, Beaumont put on a record 188-run opening stand in the first ODI against Pakistan

Wyatt, Beaumont put on a record 188-run opening stand in the first ODI against Pakistan

Danielle Wyatt's maiden ODI hundred and Tammy Beaumont's seventh laid out the platform for England's convincing 75-run victory over Pakistan in Malaysia to grab the two points on offer in the ICC Women's ODI Championship series opener on Monday (December 9).

The English openers put on a 188-run stand powering their side to a mammoth 284 for 6 from their allotted overs before a disciplined bowling show, led by Kate Cross's four-fer, restricted the opponents to 209 inside 45 overs despite their captain Bismah Maroof's valiant half-century.

Both Wyatt and Beaumont took their time settling in, even playing out a maiden each in the powerplay at the start. However, once the duo got going, there was no looking back. They put on a record 188-run stand inside 34 overs, where Wyatt played the aggressor. She raised her half-century with a six off Aliya Riaz, off 47 deliveries and went on to make her first triple-digit score in the format, off 86 balls. The destructive opener hit a dozen boundaries and three sixes before Mahroof finally broke the partnership in her second over - the 34th of England's innings.

Beaumont, who had been reduced to a mere spectator for the better part of the Wyatt assault, then caught up to register her first hundred on foreign soil, off 136 deliveries, before debutant Rameen Shamim took her out in the following over. Heather Knight's brisk 44-ball 41 took England comfortably past the 250-run mark but a flurry of wickets denied them a certain 300-plus total that they looked set to get after the record opening stand. Shamim, though expensive, was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan with figures of 3 for 61.

Pakistan required a monumental effort from the batters to achieve the record chase, but they got off to the worst possible start as Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt took out both the openers by the third over. Mahroof put up a fight for her team, putting on a 67-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Omaima Sohail and another worth 48 runs for the sixth wicket with Riaz. However, the fight put up by the middle order only delayed the inevitable despite Pakistan going past the 200-run mark for the first time against the reigning World Champions.

Cross finished with 4 for 32 from the seven overs she bowled as Pakistan fell behind the eight ball and were eventually shot down for only 209 in reply, in 44.4 overs.

Brief scores: England 284/6 in 50 overs (Danielle Wyatt 110, Tammy Beaumont 107; Rameen Shamim 3-61) beat Pakistan 209 all out in 44.4 overs (Bismah Maroof 69, Aliya Riaz 39; Kate Cross 4-32, Katherine Brunt 2-31, Sarah Glenn 2-38) by 75 runs.

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