London: Heather Knight had a dream first match as England women’s captain starring with both bat and ball in a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in Leicester on Tuesday.
Knight, who replaced Charlotte Edwards after the long-serving batsman was effectively forced into retirement by England women’s coach Mark Robinson, took five for 26 with her off-spin and then struck an unbeaten 50 as her side cantered to victory with more than 18 overs to spare.
Knight’s all-round feat was the first time in women’s 50-over international women’s cricket that any captain has taken five wickets and scored a fifty in the same match.
Thanks in large part to Knight’s efforts with the ball, England only needed 166 to win at Grace Road in a match held over from Monday because of rain.
Pakistan’s 165 all out was built around opener Sidra Ameen’s 52 but none of her team-mates could offer much in the way of support with the bat.
England have now won all five of their ODIs against Pakistan and will look to go 2-0 up in three-match series when the teams meer again at Worcester on Wednesday.