Occasionally when challenged a ruling power asserts its authority with a vigour that serves a warning to all. England have done just that, at the considerable expense of Pakistan.
This 202-run drubbing bore similarities to the 212-run margin in Worcester on Wednesday, the visitors again brutalised. Tammy Beaumont, with an unbeaten 168, the second-highest score by an England woman in an ODI, completed a neat sequence: maiden half-century in game one, ton in game two, then 150 in the finale. The 342 runs she made across the week is the most in any three-game series.
In the context of this recalibrated side Georgia Elwiss’s 77 could be just as important, combining with Beaumont for 166, the defining stand of the match. Meanwhile Nat Sciver continued where she left off in Worcester, adding 48 from 22 in a feverish final 10 overs when England clobbered 130 to post 366 for four.
Defending that score, Katherine Brunt was bound to run amok. Too quick and too good, she snared five for 30 as Pakistan fell for 164.
Plainly, England were done plenty of favours by the visitors, not least when Sidra Ameen shelled Beaumont in the gully on two. It began a horrid day in the vital third discipline, illustrating a seismic gap.
Entering when Lauren Winfield spooned a catch after a promising start for 43, Elwiss was the only member of England’s recast top-order yet to play a breakout innings. After first earning a cap as a seamer in 2011, she has graduated to No3 this series despite not having come in higher than No6 previously. Similar to Beaumont and Winfield, her output had not yet matched her talent.
Any pressure was obvious with a tentative 10 balls before getting out of the blocks. When she did, thrice beating the stacked off-side field, the partnership with Beaumont gathered pace, reaching 50 in 63 balls. Elwiss moved close to her second international half-century with the shot of the morning: a straight stand-and-deliver.
When she did raise the bat the smile was visible, as were those on the balcony. Her stay got chancier, three times fielders letting down their spinners. A final shot was launched over cover before she was bowled for 77.
She timed her departure well for it brought Sciver to the crease at exactly the time she made a devastating entry last time around. Before she took over, Beaumont had some unfinished business: another century. It was a less convincing innings than her maiden ton in Worcester, dropped early and edges found later on, but she persevered, a push to midwicket getting the century out of the way and then she exploded. Six times between 101 and 129 Beaumont hit spinners over or through extra cover. If this was not her signature shot before, it should be now, each almost identical in their end point due to the control she has over the stroke both conventionally or inside-out.
The bowlers were broken by her as England took 49 deliveries to move from 200 to 300. They were then driven into the ground by Sciver, twice altering her stance to smash balls to a vacant fine-leg. Just as innovative, Beaumont started consecutive overs with reverse-swept boundaries of her own before reaching 150; the third 50 in 22 balls. Edwards’s England-high of 173 looked reachable.
Sciver holed out to square-leg but her 155 runs in the series from 88 balls reinforces her status as a matchwinner entering her prime. They had added 119 in 58 balls with Beaumont becoming the first England woman to register back-to-back ODI hundreds.
Pakistan batted almost 45 overs in reply, Sidra Nawaz (47) and Sana (29) displaying resilience after the earlier debacle. In addition to Brunt, who picked up an early edge before hitting the stumps four times in her second spell, Laura Marsh’s off-breaks were again impressive, nabbing three for 29. Claiming maximum ICC points from the outings England have leapt into third position in the world rankings. The first of three T20 internationals will be played at Bristol on Sunday.