- 125Runs 154
- 10Wickets 4
- 11Fours 20
- 1Sixes 2
It was the same way traffic as England trounced Pakistan to go 1-0 up with two games to play. Yet again, batting proved to be the worry for the hosts. It will be interesting to see what changed and tactics they come up with. For England, whatever moves they make are reaping rewards. Their tactic to open with Amy Jones and push Tammy Beaumont down the order also worked. There's only a day's gap between today and the next game. See you then, in hope of a more competent match. Adios!
Bismah Maroof: I was trying to take it till the end. We know the areas we need to work on. We need to be energetic on the field. We should have taken our chances and slowed down the run rate. I think we need to see off two three overs at the top. Omaima (Sohail) played well but it wasn’t to be for us today.
Heather Knight: I think it was a slow wicket and our spinners bowled well to keep us in the game. In the last four overs the pressure was there. I just was backing my girls to see what we can do and perform under pressure. There is a lot of fight for spots, so it’s important for people to do well.
Player of the Match
Amy Jones is the chosen one for her knock of 53 off 39 balls. Here's what she had to say: I think it was quite tricky out there. Really pleased with how our bowlers went around with the job. The aim was to make use of the power play and getting more runs at the top to make it easy for the batters to follow.
To be honest, there was little chance you could have given Pakistan of competing, let alone hunting the total down after they were two down in the first over itself. Bismah Maroof and Omaima Sohail briefly brought them on track with a 46-run stand before they lost 4/23 in the middle. The skipper though carried on and went on to compile a half century, before being the last player to be dismissed. Sophie Ecclestone was the pick of the English bowlers, finishing with 3/21. Apart from her, Freya Davies picked up a couple and so did Natalie Sciver at the end. Although the hosts got the game pretty close, England's bowling was too good to end up on the losing side. Presentation follows...
Over and out
Pakistan 125 all out, England won by 29 runs. Eventually, the ask was a bit too much even for Bismah Maroof, who was the last batter to be dismissed. She made 60 and holed out to deep mid-wicket, where Natalie Sciver judged an over head catch perfectly. This was after Syeda Aroob Shah was run out on the second ball of the over, in a bid to give the strike back to Maroof.
Pakistan 124/8 in 18 overs, need 31 in 12 balls. Natalie Sciver delivered a double-wicket over, giving away just five runs. She first broke the 54-run stand between Bismah Maroof and Sidra Nawaz after the latter holed out. She then went on to bowl Diana Baig through the gate for a first-ball duck. Maroof holds the key...
Pakistan 113/6 in 16 overs, need 42 in 24 balls. Captain Bismah Maroof has continued to lead from the front. She brought up her 11th T20I half century off 46 balls. She pushed a Sarah Glenn bowl down towards long on for a quick two to get to the landmark. She has already added 52 with Sidra Nawaz. Problems for England...
Pakistan 64/6 in 10 overs, need 91 in 60 balls. Pakistan have really lost their way in the last few overs. In the last four overs, they've scored 23 runs and lost four wickets. Sophie Ecclestone has picked up two, while Sarah Glenn also picked up her maiden T20I wicket. How long can Bismah Maroof hold fort?
Syeda Aroob Shah was caught on the sidelines and here's what she had to say: Thanks to almighty Allah for helping me well. That and my parents’ and seniors’ support helped me in this journey. England is a very good side and it feels good to bowl well against them. Our aim was to restrict them to as less as possible and that’s what we did.
Pakistan 47/4 in 6 overs, need 108 in 84 bals. Bismah Maroof and Omaima Sohail got together and tried to get Pakistan on track by mixing caution with aggression. But Sophie Ecclestone introduction changed the narrative. She first got rid of Sohail for 21, with the batter failing to clear mid-wicket with the hoick. And then, the English spinner trapped Nida Dar in front of the sticks for a blob to peg the hosts back. Same old story then?
Hey ya, Freya!
Pakistan 1/2 in 1 over. It was just the start that Pakistan didn't want. Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan gave them a solid opening in the final ODI. There were hopes that the momentum could be carried forward in the T20Is. But it wasn't to be. Freya Davies hunted both the Khans down. On the very first ball, Nahida Khan offered a simple catch to point by playing way too early. And then Javeria Khan looked to go inside out and ended up exposing the stumps. Davies hit the bull's eye without any mistake. The hosts are pegged back early.
England’s new opening combination didn’t do much but Amy Jones made full use of the opportunity to bat at the top given to her. She was off in a flash with a flurry of boundaries. She was fed with width and with harmless balls on her pads, that she made full use of. Her 58-run alliance with Tammy Beaumont was the backbone of the English innings. However, Jones was soon out after her fifty. Natalie Sciver, Katherine Brunt and then Heather Knight, batting at no.6, added the finishing touches. Pakistan wouldn’t be happy with their bowling performance after choosing to bowl. The seamers Diana Baig and Aliya Riaz – more so the latter – didn’t bowl with a lot of discipline. Baig was taken for 14 off the final over. Thanks to the spinners, Pakistan could have some control over the game. Syeda Aroob Shah had an impressive debut, finishing with 1/21 while Nida Dar finished with 2/30, using all her experience of the WBBL. Can Pakistan’s batting step up and chase it down? We’ll find out in a bit…
155 to win
England 154/4 in 20 overs. Diana Baig clearly had an off day. She continuously sprayed deliveries on the batters’ pads and paid a heavy price, finishing with 3-0-26-0. Even in the final over, all her deliveries were dumped in the arc between fine leg and square leg for three fours in the over by Heather Knight. This has been a strong finish for England.
Brake & break!
England 111/3 in 16 overs. Pakistan managed to slow the proceedings down, thanks to Syeda Aroob Shah, who clearly bowled much better than what her international experience shows. She finished with 4-0-21-1, picking up the key wicket of Amy Jones. Anam Amin reaped rewards of the pressure created by Shah and Bismah Maroof as she got rid of Tammy Beaumont. The English no.3 looked to flick it to the on side after coming down the track and ended up getting a leading edge. Nahida Khan at backward point didn’t make any error. Natalie Sciver and Katherine Brunt have joined forces in the middle for England now...
Fifty and gone
England 79/2 in 11 overs. Third T20I half century for Amy Jones and it was a smooth-sailing innings from her. Pushed to open the batting, she made it clear how much she loves that spot and returned with a fifty off just 38 balls. She slog-swept Syeda Aroob Shah to the square leg fence to get to the landmark. She was particularly severe on Aliya Riaz while not really sparing the others. But Shah soon got her revenge on the next ball as she cleaned Jones up, ending the 58-run partnership between Jones and Tammy Beaumont.
England 38/1 in 5 overs. 4,0,4,0,4,4 No, no, these aren’t some new kind of binary numbers. This is the outcome of the battle between Amy Jones and Aliyah Riaz. Riaz started with an over-pitched one outside off, Jones crashed it through covers. The second four in the over was courtesy an inside edge just past leg stump. But the third and the fourth fours were hit with absolute disdain. Jones thumped a length ball over mid-wicket before crashing one through cover-point to cap off a 16-run over.
England 22/1 in 4 overs. After a flurry of boundaries in the first three overs, England lost their first wicket. Nida Dar was brought into the attack and she immediately made an impact on her second ball. Tossed it up around off, Danielle Wyatt charged down to take her on but ended up smashing it right back. Dar accepted the catch gleefully in her follow-through. Although Amy Jones has done the bulk of the scoring (15) and the four-hitting as of now, Pakistan wouldn’t mind Wyatt’s wicket as they know the damage she can do.
England 4/0 in 1 over. It's a change in the opening combination for England. Amy Jones walked out to open along with Danielle Wyatt, pushing Tammy Beaumont to no.3. Diana Baig started the proceedings with the ball and found some movement. As a result, Jones' attempted flick resulted in an outside edge. But luckily for her, it went to the third man fence and she as well as England are up and running in a streaky fashion.
Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Fran Wilson, Katherine Brunt, Sarah Glenn, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Davies
Nahida Khan, Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof (c), Omaima Sohail, Iram Javed, Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Diana Baig, Syeda Aroob Shah, Anam Amin
Heather Knight, ENG captain: We would have bowled first but not a bad weather to bat. The pitch seems to be a bit tacky, we should adapt well. I don’t think we’ll walk out with a score in mind. It’s about our batters assessing the track quickly and get to a score we can defend. Conditions are different from Australia but we’ll get an idea of who our best XI are.
Bismah Maroof, PAK captain: We’re bowling first. I think we need to bowl in good areas and field well and take our chances. Very important (in terms of the T20 World Cup), we need to tick some boxes and it’s a good opportunity for the girls to grab the spots.
The coin does not fall in Heather Knight's favour and as a result, Pakistan will bowl first. Two leg-spinners will be on show today and both are debutantes - the young Syeda Aroob Shah for Pakistan and Sarah Glenn, who impressed in the ODIs, for England.
It's a different series, different format, but the same old venue - the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur. Pakistan have a few changes to their squad that played the ODIs while England have the same set of players to choose from. The hosts will hope that those new players give them the necessary change in the result that they would love. These games assume greater significance given the T20 World Cup 2020 is just a couple of months away. Stay with us while we get you the toss and the teams.
Jones' fifty, spinners turn it on Pakistan to help England go one upIt was story as usual in the first T20I between Pakistan and England at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur as the latter went 1-0 up in the three-match series, winning by 29 runs on Tuesday (December 17). England had a new hero, Pakistan had the same old problem. The penultimate over of the power play showed the bossy and authoritative attitude that Amy Jones displayed in the match with the bat. Aliya Riaz was introduced into the attack and she delivered a full ball outside off. Jones drove it classically through covers. Then there was a dot. The third…
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