That's it from us today. Two games, both pretty lopsided ones. England's win puts them on the second spot in Group B while Pakistan slide down. The defeat would impact their NRR greatly. It's another double-header on Super Saturday as first New Zealand and Bangladesh clash before India take on Sri Lanka. Hope to have you with us for those matches. Till then, take care! This is S. Sudarshanan signing off!
Heather Knight: "I still think there are areas we can improve. Obviously losing an early wicket isn't good. Natalie Sciver is in very good form. The fielding performance was good, very close to an allround performance. You can lose wickets in T20 given the depth we have, we want to go hard and be positive and hopefully we can get big scores. We're really pleased. Sometimes you have to scrape through, if we want to qualify. Good to see some of our batters fire."
Javeria Khan: "The shot she played off Brunt to get out, she got hurt and doesn't look nice. Has gone for x-rays. There will come a time when the fielders have to step up. That was the difference between us and England. We weren't able to execute our plans and England is a side which capitalises. It all comes down to mental nerves. It's not an excuse, we'll plan well and come back stronger. The pitch was good to bat on and the ball was coming on nicely. We weren't able to execute our plans under pressure. We should have chosen the right shots."
Hopes were raised after Pakistan's performance against West Indies. Though at the halfway mark in this game, few would have backed Pakistan to actually chase the total down, there were thoughts that they could give a fight. But none of that happened as the batting caved in for Pakistan. Only Aliya Riaz's lusty hits down the order enabled Pakistan cross the 100-run mark.
England's spinners were on the money, with Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn picking up five between them for just 27 runs. Glenn's 3/15 is her career-best in the format. That meant that the Asian side couldn't get the desired momentum in the chase. We'll hear from the skippers soon...
Heather Knight: "I'll be disappointed to leave Canberra and thought one of the spinners will get the award. But good to get another win under the belt. It'll be a slow track at Sydney and will be a different challenge. Momentum is a very big thing in T20s and hopefully I can keep going."
Pakistan 116 all out, lost by 42 runs.
Katherine Brunt trapped Sadia Iqbal in front to end Pakistan's innings. It has been a batting failure for them as they were never in the hunt after their initial collapse.
Pakistan 112/9 in 19 overs.
Aliya Riaz's cameo ends. She misses a fuller one that was slow in pace. Riaz swung her bat, missed, bowled. 41 for her.
Shrubsole, on the very next ball, dismisses Diana Baig for a first-ball duck. Baig looked to defend it but ended up spooning a catch. Shrubsole dived to her right to get to her 100th T20I wicket.
Pakistan 101/6 in 16 overs, need 58 in 18.
Aliya Riaz has swung her bat away to 34 off just 28 balls. She has hit four fours and a six in her knock so far. She managed to hit a couple of fours in Katherine Brunt's over as well.
Pakistan 62/6 in 12.5 overs
It is wicket no.3 for Sarah Glenn. She tosses one outside off, Omaima Sohail tries to go inside out. Ends up slicing it in the air, Sophie Ecclestone runs backward from covers and takes it.
Pakistan 50/5 in 9.2 overs.
Nida Dar has been trapped in front by Sophie Ecclestone. Dar looked to work it to the on side but missed. She chose to review the decision and the Hawk Eye only confirmed her dismissal.
Pakistan 48/4 in 8.1 overs, need 111 in 79.
Sarah Glenn gets another one. Invites yet another batter down the track with her flight. Iram Javed slinks down and yorks herself. Loses her off pole.
Pakistan 39/3 in 6.3 overs.
Javeria Khan's indecisiveness leads to her downfall. She sees a tossed up ball from Sarah Glenn and at first looks to go down the ground. But in the end she looked to work it to the on side and ended up playing all around it. Gone for 16.
Earlier in the over, she went with the spin and hit Glenn over extra cover for a boundary.
Pakistan 35/2 in 5.4, need 124 in 86.
Bismah Maroof looks to play the paddle, ends up lobbing a catch to the 'keeper Amy Jones. It seemed as if the ball first hit her bat and then lobbed up off her thumb. Pakistan's hopes dashed?
Pakistan 24/1 in 4 overs, need 135 in 96.
Javeria Khan struck two classic shots in the fourth over by Natalie Sciver. She pummelled a short one over mid-wicket for a four, before making room and hitting one over cover-point.
Pakistan 11/1 in 2.5 overs, need 147 more.
Muneeba Ali has been cleaned up by Anya Shrubsole for 10. Coming round the wicket, Shrubsole speared one in, to which Ali had no answers.
Just a ball ago, Ali smashed a length ball to the deep mid-wicket fence in an authoritative fashion.
The vagaries of the team named Pakistan appeared yet again. They were brilliant with the ball as well as on the field against West Indies. But today, their sloppiness on the field resurfaced. Dropped catches, overthrows, misfields, the innings had it all. Aiman Anwer, creditably, picked up three wickets, and was one of the better bowlers on display, though Diana Baig was economical.
Throw Heather Knight on the Manuka Oval track in her sleep and she’ll score runs! Such has been her comfort at the venue and yet another half century at the venue is testimony. It was her fifth fifty-plus score there. She, perhaps, has done enough for England to register a win. Can Pakistan spring a surprise by chasing this down? We’ll know in a bit.
Aiman Anwer: "I'm quite disappointed with my bowling, though I ended well. Wanted to start well with the new ball. I am happy that I have been useful in the death overs for my team. We're confident about chasing this, though we should have restricted them around 130. The ball with the pace was coming on to the bat, the slower one is tough to hit."
England 158/7 in 20 overs.
Aiman Anwer has given just six runs and managed to pick up a wicket in the last over. Pakistan have managed to restrict them to a total much lesser than what England looked like getting.
England 152/6 in 19 overs.
Pakistan's fielding hasn't been the best today. But Muneeba Ali ensures that she doesn't get her name in the list of dropped catches. Tammy Beaumont slogs one straight to deep mid-wicket. But Ali juggles before eventually taking it safely.
On the very next ball, Nida Dar manages to get rid of Heather Knight for 62 as she hits one straight to Diana Baig at wide long on.
England 138/4 in 17.5 overs.
It was a 75 kph delivery from Aiman Anwar that was the undoing of Fran Wilson. She waited for an eternity to slog it yet the ball arrived after her attempted shot. Pegs the off stump back. 22 in 19 for Wilson.
England 124/3 in 16 overs.
Manuka Oval or Heather Knight Oval? She has four fifties and a hundred in the last five innings at the venue in Canberra. This time she sweeps one through square leg to get to the mark in 39 balls. What a player! And to say the least, Pakistan dropped her catch.
England 106/3 in 13.3 overs.
Heather Knight miscued one towards deep mid-wicket as she looked to take on Nida Dar. Seemed like an easy catch as Omaima Sohail settled nicely under it. But she dropped it and the ball rolled away to the fence. Given the form Knight is in and her love for the Manuka Oval, Pakistan may have to pay hugely.
England 87/3 in 12 overs.
Lauren Winfield is caught on the sidelines by Nasser Hussain: "Good these two are in decent form. They’ll probably give themselves a couple of overs and then change gears. Heather loves playing in Australia. We’ll be looking at 160-170. But if we put our foot down earlier, we will get a revised idea. We are all pretty much ready to bat whenever we are needed. It’s a brilliant place to play cricket. The tri-series set us up nicely and got us ready. There are quite a lot of parents who have flown down, mine will come down in Sydney."
England 80/3 in 11.1 overs.
Excellent glovework from Sidra Nawaz to send Natalie Sciver back to the dugout. Sciver missed the flick down the leg side off Aliya Riaz. Moreover, she over-balanced and was out of her crease for a split second. That was enough for Nawaz to flick the bails off. End of the 34-run stand as Sciver goes back for 36.
England 74/2 in 10 overs.
Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver have managed to bring England back on track after they lost a quick couple of wickets. Knight's love affair with Manuka Oval extends as she yet again looks to bail England out. Pakistan have bowled decently, but the same can't be said about their fielding.
England 47/2 in 5.2 overs.
Danielle Wyatt's gone for 16. Aiman Anwar gets her revenge, having seen a missed chance in her first over. It was on a length outside off, Wyatt camped on the back foot and looked to cut. Ended up doing so straight to Muneeba Ali at backward point.
Pakistan haven't fielded all that well, otherwise could have had England in more trouble.
England 25/1 in 2 overs.
Danielle Wyatt is up and running and is on 14 in 7. She has been lucky though. On the first ball, she drove on the up towards covers, where Diana Baig couldn't spot it due to the sun. That trickled away to the fence. On the last two balls in the over by Aiman Anwer, Wyatt got a couple of more fours through third man.
England 4/1 in 0.5 overs.
Diana Baig strikes early! She got the ball to swing ever-so slightly in the over, that has had Amy Jones in a slight bit of trouble. She got off the mark by getting the ball off the inner half through square leg. She also had a free-hit to get going but missed it.
Baig, though, struck soon. She landed it on a length around off, shaping it away a touch. Jones looked to work it to the on side with a couple of steps forward. Missed, rapped on the pads. The umpire raised his finger. She reviewed in hope but Hawk Eye showed that the ball just clipped the bails. Review retained, Jones lost, gone for two.
Nasser Hussain: "Actually we've used two different surfaces at this venue. If you get in, it's difficult to get out. Last night Healy and Mooney made a massive partnership. Earlier today, Luus and Lee got in and it was difficult to separate them. There is a little on the surface to keep the spinners interested."
There was a bit of confusion as to who called what. And after some deliberations, it came to light that Pakistan won the toss and they opted to bowl.
Bismah Maroof: "I think it's a good wicket but the ball came better under lights in the last game. I think we need to put them under pressure and capitalise. We need to stick to our strengths. Last game gave us the belief. Anam Amin is resting, Sadia Iqbal comes in."
Heather Knight: "I would have batted first as the pitch looks a bit slow. Will look to defend the score. Want the openers to play, back them to get a good score as they are world class players. Pakistan have improved a lot since they last played us. We go in with the same side."
England: Amy Jones (wk), Danielle Wyatt, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight (c), Fran Wilson, Katherine Brunt, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield, Sophie Ecclestone, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Glenn
Pakistan: Muneeba Ali, Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof (c), Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Iram Javed, Aliya Riaz, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Aiman Anwer, Diana Baig, Sadia Iqbal
It's the second game of the day and we are glad to have your company with us! This is S. Sudarshanan and I shall get you the updates of the clash between England and Pakistan. These two sides are fairly familiar with each other, given they played a series in Malaysia at the end of 2019. But remember, both the teams wear a different look for the T20 World Cup.
Stat: Pakistan last won a T20I against England in 2013, while England have the wood over Pakistan in T20 World Cups. Will these things change today?