England thrash Pakistan by 42 runs in Women T20 World Cup

By: Raheel Hanif      Published: 04:29 PM, 28 Feb, 2020
England thrash Pakistan by 42 runs in Women T20 World Cup
Pakistan's Aliya Riaz provided firework late in Pakistani innings that was too little and too late. AFP

England Women Friday thrashed Pakistan by 42 runs in World Cup T20 match played at Canberra.

After putting into bat first, England women posted 158-7 in allotted overs. England captain Heather Knight, who scored tournament’s first century in match against England, continued her scintillating form as she 62 runs off 47 deliveries, hitting one six and eight boundaries.

Dina Baid gave Pakistan breakthrough in the very first over of the innings by removing opener Amy Jones, who scored two runs. However, new batsman Nattalie Sciver and openr Danny Wyatt continued to attack Pakistan bowlers. Wyatt was second to go after Muneeba Ali took her catch off AIman Anwer’s bowling when England were on 47 in 5.2 overs. Wyatt scored 16 runs off 13 balls hitting three boundaries.

Aliya Riaz removed Sciver who scored 36 runs off 29 balls with the help of five fours. But Knight continued to score at brisk pace to take her team to a big total. Knight became second victim of Nida Dar in the match, who was playing her 100th international Twenty20. Fran Wilson also contributed 22 runs off 19 deliveries, hitting two fours.

Aiman was the most successful of Pakistan bowlers taking three wickets for 30 runs. Nida took two for 43, Diana one for 26 runs and Aliya 1-17.

Pakistan started the chase on a slow pace and opener Muneeba Ali became the first victim when she was bowled by Anya Shrubsole after scoring 10 runs. Captain Bismah Maroof was next to go as no other Pakistan batswoman could stay long on the pitch.

However, lower order all-rounder Aliya scored 41 runs off 33 balls hitting five boundaries and a six to take Pakistan score to some respectability. Javeria Khan was only other player who entered into double digit scoring 16 runs which all came from boundaries.

For England, Sarah Glenn and Shrubsole took three wickets each conceding 15 and 25 runs respectively while Katherine Brunt and Sophie Ecclestone took two wickets each conceding 32 and 12 runs respectively.

Heather Knight was named Player of the Match for her 62 from 47 balls.

"I'll be disappointed to leave Canberra, I thought one of the spinners would get the match award but delighted with another win,” she said. “I'm enjoying batting further up the order, and shaping the innings for the team. I try to be there at the end and score at a decent strike rate. It's a different venue at Sydney, a slower pitch will present different challenges."