(Video) Naomi Dattani’s electrifying assault in The Hundred shows the format’s ever-pressing need to accelerate

London Spirit Women’s Naomi Dattani came out firing on all cylinders in The Hundred against Birmingham Phoenix Women as she clubbed a hat trick of fours followed by a sweetly-timed six. Her sensational 19-ball 34 gave her side the necessary impetus in a modest chase of 128 runs.

It is worth noting that Dattani hasn’t scored at a fair clip of late, given her tally in the previous three T20Is was a meagre 34 runs in 32 balls. Her sudden explosion is a reflection of The Hundred’s breakneck dynamic, as a batter is left with no choice but to go for the jugular with just 100 balls at their disposal.