Women T20 World Cup: Pakistan opt to field after winning toss
Pakistan has won the toss and elected to field in the Twenty20 Women World Cup clash against mighty England in their second match of the event on Friday.
Pakistani captain Bismah Maroof won the toss and invited England to bat first.
Speaking after the ceremony, Bismah said the Pakistani team will try to restrict England to a low score. “The win in the last match against West Indies gave us immense confidence and we will try to do better in this match also,” she added.
Bismah Maroof’s outfit raised eyebrows with a thumping eight-wicket win over 2016 winners West Indies, throwing Group B wide open and fuelling hope they can reach the knockout stages for the first time ever.
Despite an emphatic win over West Indies, another victory against England would be a tough ask for women in green as they have yet to beat England in their nine meetings thus far, with this game shaping as potentially decisive for second place with South Africa looking to stretch their lead at the summit against Thailand.
PAKISTAN: Bismah Maroof (captain), Aimen Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Iram Javed, Javeria Khan, Muneeba Ali, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Nawaz (wicketkeeper) and Syeda Aroob Shah
ENGLAND: Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones (wk), Heather Knight (capt), Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole (vice-capt), Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danni Wyatt.