Danni Wyatt struck England’s highest Twenty20 individual score – and their fastest hundred – as England completed a record run‑chase of 199 to defeat India in the Tri Series in Mumbai.
The opener’s stunning 124 from 64 balls included 15 fours and five sixes and enabled England to get over the line with eight balls to spare in the highest second-innings total in a women’s T20 international.
After India had amassed 198 for four after being put in by Heather Knight, Wyatt led a breathless chase, putting on 61 in just over five overs for the first wicket with Bryony Smith, who was bowled by Jhulan Goswami for 15. This was followed by a devastating partnership of 96 with Tammy Beaumont that put England ahead of the rate.
Although Beaumont fell for a 23-ball 35 and Wyatt fell in the 17th over after recording her second T20 international century, Knight and Nat Sciver took England home with few alarms.
It completed a magnificent turnaround after England had toiled in the field after putting India in. The openers Smriti Mandhana, who struck 76 off 40 balls, and Mithali Raj (53 off 43) had put on 129 for the opening wicket before the latter was caught by Beaumont off Sciver.
The home side’s innings finished with a flourish too, with 45 coming off the last 19 balls. The captain, Harmanpreet Kumar, clobbered a 22-ball 30 while Pooja Vastrakar hit 22 off 10 balls. The left-arm seamer Tash Farrant was England’s most effective bowler with two for 32. Sophie Ecclestone and Sciver picked up a wicket each.
Yet India’s huge total was not enough as England powered their way to a second consecutive win in the Tri Series, inflicting a second successive defeat on the hosts.