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The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 began with a surprise on February 10, as Sri Lanka Women clinched victory over hosts South Africa Women. The 23-match tournament, wherein each team plays atleast four times, concludes on February 26 at the Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town.

The length of the 2023 edition allowed batters multiple opportunities to pile up the runs in challenging conditions in the Protea country.

The Lankan stalwart Chamari Athapaththu opened the tournament in style with a match-winning 68. While Athapaththu is one of the top run-scorers in Women’s T20 World Cup history, the knock helped her to stake an early claim for the most runs in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023. Harshitha Samarawickrama and Nilakshi de Silva also made the top 10 early on.

Meanwhile, Alyssa Healy, Australia’s second-highest run-scorer in the 2020 edition, also slammed a fifty to open her account in South Africa. Fellow teammates Meg Lanning, who has racked up the most runs in this tournament among active players, and Ellyse Perry also got off to good starts in the group stage.

Beth Mooney boasts the most runs in a single edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, amassing 259 runs in the 2020 edition. The Australian run-machine made her mark in the ongoing edition. 

For the Indian women’s cricket team, middle-order batter Jemimah Rodrigues kicked off the tournament in flamboyant fashion, showcasing a statement of intent with her unbeaten 53 against arch-rivals Pakistan. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, Richa Ghosh and Smriti Mandhana are also expected to challenge for the top run-scorer’s spot.

West Indies’ Hayley Matthews has scored the third-most runs for West Indies in the history of the tournament. The opener began in fine fashion against England Women to put herself in the running for the top-scorer award. 

Pakistan Women’s skipper Bismah Maroof, Muneeba Ali and rising sensation Ayesha Naseem also made noteworthy contributions early on in the group stage. They, too, are expected to be in the mix of top run-scorers in the 2023 edition of the Women’s T20 World Cup.

For the hosts, Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits brought their run-scoring form to the T20 World Cup. Wolvaardt, meanwhile, finished with the most runs in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2023, racking up 230 runs in six matches.

Most runs in ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023

Player

Team

Matches

Runs

Laura Wolvaardt

South Africa Women

6

230

Nat Sciver-Brunt

England Women

5

216

Beth Mooney

Australia Women

6

206

Alyssa Healy

Australia Women

5

189

Tazmin Brits

South Africa Women

6

186

Smriti Mandhana

India Women

4

151

Meg Lanning

Australia Women

6

149

Suzie Bates

New Zealand Women

4

137

Richa Ghosh

India Women

5

136

Hayley Matthews

West Indies Women

4

130

Jemimah Rodrigues

India Women

5

129

Nigar Sultana

Bangladesh Women

4

123

 

Photo credits: Alamy

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