Women’s cricket has seen dramatic growth in recent years due to the popularity of T20, a short-format game known for its unpredictability and entertaining play. This format of the game has been featured in the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham and was also part of the Asian Games 2022 in Hangzhou alongside the men’s T20 tournament.
Deepika Rasangika has set a remarkable record in women’s T20 cricket with her score of 150 runs in one inning. She is the first batter to ever achieve such a feat in an international women’s T20 match. With a total of only 120 balls per team, batters in this format of the game are always looking to hit big shots and clear the boundaries.
Among member nations, India’s Harmanpreet Kaur has made her record for the highest score by an Indian in women’s T20 cricket. In 2018, she scored 103 off just 51 deliveries with seven fours and eight sixes against New Zealand in Providence, West Indies. Australia, the five-time winner of the Women’s T20 World Cup, has the most players in the top 10 list of individual top scorers.
Here’s looking at the top 11 highest individual scores in Women’s T20Is.
Top 11 highest individual scores in Women’s Cricket T20Is
1) Deepika Rasangika (Bahrain) 161* vs Saudi Arabia
Deepika Rasangika set a new record in women’s cricket for her 161 not out off just 66 balls without hitting any sixes. This incredible inning helped Bahrain put up an impressive 318/1 in their 20 overs and also set a new record for the highest score by a team in women’s cricket. Bahrain went on to win the match against Saudi Arabia in the GCC Women’s Twenty20 Championship Cup 2021-22 in Oman by a whopping 269 runs after restricting their opponents to 49/8 in 20 overs.
2) Esha Oza (UAE) 158* vs Bahrain
Esha Oza scored an impressive unbeaten 158 runs against Bahrain, helping UAE to score 253 in 20 overs and bowling Bahrain out for only 43. She hit 22 fours and six sixes off 71 deliveries, showing that she had the potential to beat Deepika Rasangika’s record of 161 not out.
3) Alyssa Healy (Australia) 148* vs Sri Lanka
Alyssa Healy, one of the best batters in Australia, recently scored an impressive unbeaten 148 runs against Sri Lanka in a three-match series in Sydney. She hit 19 fours and seven sixes off 61 deliveries, helping Australia to comfortably defeat Sri Lanka by 132 runs. Alyssa Healy’s incredible performance in the three-match series against Sri Lanka not only set a new record for the highest individual score in women’s T20 cricket of that time but also helped Australia to secure a comfortable victory. Her innings of 148 off 61 deliveries included 19 fours and seven sixes, showcasing her incredible batting skills and determination.
4) Meg Lanning (Australia) 133* vs England
After losing Alyssa Healy early in the match against England, Australia were in a spot of trouble. Thankfully, Captain Meg Lanning came to the rescue with an extraordinary unbeaten 133 off 63 deliveries. Her innings included 17 fours and seven sixes, helping Australia reach 226/3 in 20 overs and securing a 93-run victory. Meg Lanning’s heroic effort in the first match of the T20 series against England set a great example for her team. She showed tremendous skill and determination with her unbeaten 133. Her batting performance not only helped Australia win by 93 runs but also inspired her teammates to strive for better results.
5) Fatuma Kibasu (Tanzania) 127* vs Eswatini
Fatuma Kibasu powered Tanzania to victory over Eswatini in the T20 World Cup 2021 qualifier from Africa. She opened the innings with an impressive unbeaten 127 off 66 balls, including 19 fours. Her incredible performance helped Tanzania to score 279/2 and defeat Eswatini by 256 runs. Fatuma Kibasu’s remarkable unbeaten 127 in the T20 World Cup qualifier from Africa set a strong foundation for Tanzania’s victory.
6) Sterre Kalis (Netherlands) 126* vs Germany
Sterre Kalis achieved an impressive unbeaten 126 runs against Germany in the T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier group stage. She faced 54 deliveries, hitting 19 fours and 3 sixes in her innings, leading the Netherlands to an 8-wicket victory. Her batting performance set up a great platform for the Netherlands to secure their spot in the tournament.
Sterre Kalis’ incredible batting performance not only secured the Netherlands an 8-wicket victory over Germany but also secured her team a spot in the T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier tournament. Her unbeaten knock demonstrated her skill and power as a batter. It was a truly remarkable feat which showcased her talent and determination. The Netherlands were able to comfortably chase down the target of 200 set by Germany, securing their spot in the tournament.
7) Meg Lanning (Australia) 126 vs Ireland
Meg Lanning achieved an impressive feat against Ireland in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier group stage in 2019. She scored an unbeaten 126 off 65 balls, hitting 17 fours and 2 sixes. Her batting performance helped Australia to a commanding victory over Ireland, leading them to the semi-finals of the tournament. Her performance not only secured Australia the victory but also their spot in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament.
Meg Lanning’s spectacular innings was the cornerstone of Australia’s victory against Ireland in the T20 World Cup Qualifier group stages. After her stellar performance against Ireland, Meg Lanning admitted that she was delighted to have been able to help Australia to a win and secure their spot in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament. She said it was an incredible feeling to be part of such a historic moment and that she would never forget it.
8) Suzie Bates (New Zealand) 124 vs South Africa
Suzie Bates scored an extraordinary 124 against South Africa in the T20 World Cup 2018 Qualifier group stages. Her innings included 11 fours and 8 sixes off just 61 deliveries, helping New Zealand to a comfortable 6-wicket victory. Her power-hitting and strategic placement of shots enabled her to reach her total in less than ten overs. This achievement cemented Suzie Bates’ reputation as one of the best batters in women’s cricket. Her remarkable performance was further proof of her incredible talent and skill as a batter, and it has inspired many other players to strive for excellence in their own game.
After her record-breaking score of 124, Suzie Bates said she was very proud to have achieved such a feat and that it was a special moment for her. She acknowledged the hard work she had put in to reach this milestone and expressed her appreciation for the support she had received from her team. She also attributed her success to perseverance and determination.
9) Danni Wyatt (England) 124 vs India
It was incredible to see Danni Wyatt score 124 runs in India’s backyard, as she hit Indian bowlers all around the ground and looked capable of chasing down any target. The conditions were perfect for batting, with the wicket being very good and the outfield fast, allowing her to have an astonishing strike rate of 200 and a run rate of over 10 while trying to reach the target of almost 200 runs.
Danni Wyatt was in remarkable form during her match against India, having shared a 61-run opening stand (in 5.2 overs) with Bryony Smith and then a 96-run partnership with Tammy Beaumont on the second wicket. She scored fifty runs in 24 balls and went on to hit 15 boundaries and five sixes in her 64-ball 124. Her fantastic batting was only made possible due to an ideal wicket and perfect boundaries, allowing her to achieve a team fifty in 4.4 overs, 67 runs in the Powerplay, and the hundred mark in 9.2 overs.
While talking about her performance, Danni Wyatt said, “This hundred was quite special because my dad has flown all the way to see my knock. I’ve worked hard with my coaches. Fitness was a big factor, kept pushing myself. I would like to try and keep going from here”.
Heather Knight also appreciated the special knock by Danni Wyatt. “I’m lost for words (about Wyatt’s century). Brilliant wicket to bat. I think the hard work we put in the last few months has paid off. Very pleasing with the win. She (Wyatt) played smart cricket and was very pleased with her. We bowled well in spells and we were confident in chasing the target.” said Danni Wyatt.
10) Beth Mooney (Australia) 117* vs England
Beth Mooney, the Australian opener, had a remarkable performance against England in the first T20I in 2017 as she scored an unbeaten 117 runs off 70 balls, making it only the second century for Australia in T20 Internationals. Her destructive innings included 19 fours and 1 six. However, Australia went on to lose the match as England grabbed a four-wicket win with 6 balls remaining in the match.
11) Shandre Fritz (South Africa) 116* vs Netherlands
Shandre Fritz became the first South African woman to score a century in a Twenty20 Internationals when she scored 116* against the Netherlands at the 2010 ICC Women’s Cricket Challenge.