A panel of Wisden.com writers look back at the year gone by and pick the best women’s ODI innings of 2022.
Plenty of outstanding women’s ODI innings to choose from in this installment of our Year in Review series. Two of the top five innings come from the same match in the World Cup early last year with five different nations represented across the list.
2022 in Review: Wisden’s women’s ODI innings of 2022 – Nos.5-1
No.5: Deandra Dottin
150* (158) v South Africa
In what would turn out to be her final international hundred before retirement, Deandra Dottin showed her very best to reach her career best score for the West Indies. Although the rain would later go on to thwart the West Indies of a shot at victory, Dottin’s innings stood out for its maturity, befitting a West Indies great. After her side had lost two wickets early, she steadied the innings and put on a partnership of 153 with Hayley Matthews, before putting her foot down halfway through the innings, smashing Nonkululeko Mlaba for two sixes and a four from consecutive deliveries. After bringing up her century off 113 balls rain forced a break in play, but Dottin continued her aggression when play resumed, hitting six boundaries off the last 18 balls she faced.
No.4: Sidra Ameen
176* (151) v Ireland
Sidra Ameen’s third ODI century of the year was the crowning achievement of a fantastic year in the format for her. The highest individual score for Pakistan women, the fifth highest ever in the format and part of a 221-run partnership with Muneeba Ali (the highest for Pakistan women), the innings was a masterclass in timing and concentration. Carrying her bat through the innings, she toyed with the Ireland bowlers keeping up a consistent pace through the innings with 20 fours and a single six.
No.3: Nat Sciver
148* (121) v Australia
Christchurch, World Cup final
A second century against Australia in the World Cup for Nat Sciver couldn’t see England over the line in the final. Chasing a mammoth 357, Sciver’s lone stand showed her class and determination as her team fell around her. Searching for redemption after dropping Alyssa Healy on 41 in the first innings, Sciver’s second assault on the world’s best bowling attack should be remembered as one of the best ever World Cup knocks in spite of the losing cause. After England were reduced to 38-2, Sciver came in looking to dominate and hit her first and only six of the innings in her fourth over at the crease off Alana King. She kept the required run-rate within touching distance deep into the chase but ran out of partners to pull of what would have been a remarkable victory.
No.2: Harmanpreet Kaur
143* (111) v England
Harmanpreet Kaur decimated England’s bowling attack to score her fifth ODI hundred and second this year at Canterbury, sealing India’s first ODI series win in England for more than two decades. Coming in after Yastika Bhatia was out in the 12th over, Kaur made a measured start with Smriti Mandhana the aggressor at the other end. Her first boundary came off her 18th delivery, before reaching her half-century with a six off 64 balls. In the last ten overs, Kaur firmly pressed the accelerator pedal, taking ten off consecutive overs from Kate Cross and reaching her century at exactly a run a ball off Sophie Ecclestone. The final three overs of the innings put the target firmly out of reach for England, as Kaur smashed three sixes and six fours, taking Freya Kemp’s last over for 19. Forty-three runs came off her final 11 balls.
No.1: Alyssa Healy
170 (138) v England
Christchurch, World Cup final
Alyssa Healy’s assault in Christchurch was the highest score of anyone (man or woman) in a World Cup final. Having scored a century against the West Indies in the semi-final, Healy scored 170 from 138 balls with 23 fours against England to give Australia their seventh ODI title. Teasing the fielders as she manoeuvred the ball around the field, she peeled off boundaries and reached her hundred off 100 balls. From there, the carnage really started, Healy whacking Sciver and Ecclestone for three consecutive boundaries each and bringing up her third fifty off 27 balls. Finally out stumped by Amy Jones off Anya Shrubsole, Healy’s gargantuan innings gave Australia one hand on the trophy by the halfway stage, truly an innings for the ages.