Javeria and Nahida played really well, but we couldn't capitalise on that start. I think we played really well in this series and there are a lot of positives. Hopefully we can take this into the T20 series. We have a good chance to do well.
Player of the Series: It's been a really good series for us - some low-maintenance wins. We've improved in the series as it's gone on. Sarah Glenn has been the biggest positive for us. She's done really well, so we're quite happy. There have been some good team performances - big scores and some hundreds for us as well. The batting group has done outstandingly well, which is great for us. The surfaces have been good, which has been nice.
England win the series 2-0. Until this morning, they were never really challenged at all. Sarah Glenn has certainly been the find of the tour for them. She's taken 8 wickets in the series and has bowled with great control on a surface that has provided little, if any, assistance.
I feel like we have bowled really well. There hasn't been too much in the surface for the bowlers - it hasn't really swung or spun. I think the batters have played their best when they are looking to score. Moving Wyatt back up the order has really helped us. We need to bat aggressively to challenge the top teams in ODI cricket. A lot of our batters have come out of Australia in some good form, so that has really helped our team perform well. It's nice to have so many people competing for spots in the team. It means we have to keep improving all the time.
For the first time in the series, Pakistan actually looked like challenging England today. The openers got off to a wonderful start taking full toll on some pretty poor England bowling with the new ball. For the first few overs it felt like England expected it to hoop around and were more or less just 'putting the ball' up there. No swing meant Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan were allowed to free their arms early, collecting a fair few boundaries along the way. However, once their 96-run stand was broken by Sarah Glenn, it was one-way traffic - England running away with the game. For England, Glenn and Davies were outstanding with the ball - applying pressure from the very start. As England slowly brought the rate down, Pakistan's shot selection became questionable and lo and behold, they lost wickets in a clump!
It's over folks. The match has been called off. Incessant rains (with no sign of abating) means no more play will be possible. Lucky for Pakistan. Unfortunate for England, but they still win the series 2-0 on the back of two convincing wins in the first two games.
Only a matter of time
The rain has shown no signs of stopping in Kuala Lumpur. It seems only a matter of time before the match is called off. Pakistan have really dodged a bullet here. They will be lucky to get away with one point after the collapse they suffered. Unfortunate for Sarah Glenn that her spell hasn't secured a win for England, but she's certainly shown some spunk this series. Plenty of positives for England.
Change in angle!
There's a change in camera angle, but unfortunately the conditions haven't changed. It's still pelting down in Kuala Lumpur. And the wait continues...
It looks pretty dull out in the middle. Dark clouds and the rain seems to have gotten a little heavier... Feels like it's going to be a long-ish frustrating wait!
Rain to the rescue?
Syeda Aroob Shah successfully sees off the hat-trick delivery just before the rain takes over. The ground staff run on with the covers as the players leave the field. Are the rain Gods on Pakistan's side? Or is this shower just delaying the inevitable?
Two in two!
Two quick wickets for Anya Shrubsole. First Sidra Nawaz plays down the wrong line and is castled, and next Diana Baig fishes outside off-stump and is brilliantly caught by Amy Jones standing up to the stumps. Can she get a hat-trick? Syeda Aroob Shah to face the music! Pakistan 145/8 in 37.3 overs.
Oh no! Looks like my jinx game is strong today! Aliya Riaz is castled by an inswinger from Anya Shrubsole. She plays inside the line of a ball that is honing in on off-stump and is emphatically bowled. Gone for 7. Sidra Nawaz to the crease now. Pakistan 137/6 in 35.1 overs
Omaima Sohail has been holding one end up nicely. She looks in great touch - hitting nicely through the off-side. She'll want someone to stick with her. Aliya Riaz is doing a decent job of it for now. Pakistan 137/7 in 35 overs. Omaima 21 (43), Aliya 7 (13).
Another one bites the dust
Four for Glenn! What a day she is having! This time she cleans up Nida Dar, who is beaten in the flight. The leg-spinner floats up a delivery that seems to dip suddenly on Dar who is looking to drive down the ground. She plays over the top of it and down the wrong line. The ball crashes into off-stump. Looked a little casual from the senior pro. This is poor from Pakistan. Glen has turned this game firmly in England's favour. Pakistan 121/5 in 29 overs.
(Not a) dream debut!
She may have walloped Sarah Glenn over the mid-wicket fence for 4, but Kaynat Hafeez plays all over a full delivery from the leg-spinner. She is castled for a 6-ball 4. Not the debut she would have been hoping for. Nelson strikes! Pakistan 111/4 in 24.1 overs.
Third wicket falls now, and it's the big one! Very soft dismissal for Bismah Maroof. Length delivery from Sophie Ecclestone which Bismah tries to work to the leg-side. She is early into the shot and gets a leading edge that balloons up to Amy Jones. Very easy catch... England well and truly in control now. Pakistan 107/3 in 23.2 overs. Kaynat Hafeez 4 (5).
Off the mark
After three dot balls, Sarah Glenn bowls a filthy full toss to debutante Kaynat Hafeez who smashes it over mid-wicket to collect her first runs in international cricket. What a way to open your account! A warm welcome to the highest level, indeed!
Another wicket for Glenn, and it's another lbw. Nahida Khan tries to sweep a very full delivery, but she's through the shot too quickly and is struck on the pad. Umpire takes his time, but finally adjudges her out. Nahida has to go for 55. She doesn't look too happy, but there is no DRS here! Pakistan 103/2 in 22.1 overs.
Finally! England get their first wicket - Javeria Khan is trapped LBW by Sarah. The leg spinner fires one in - quicker and flatter - that pushes Javeria on the back foot. She tries to glance it to square leg, but misses. Caught it front of the stump - a 50-50 decision, maybe! Pakistan's highest opening stand finally broken. Javeria gone for 37. Pakistan 96/1 in 20 overs. Nahida 55 (56)
Nahida Khan has been quite brilliant today. She's carried her good form from the series against Bangladesh. Fed on anything wide early in her innings and put a lot of pressure on England's opening bowlers. ODI fifty no.8 has come in just 49 balls. She will want to carry on here.
Pulling it back
England have pulled things back courtesy Freya Davies. Playing her first game this series, the right-arm seamer has only conceded seven runs in her first four overs. She's bowled tight off stump lines and much fuller lengths than the two opening bowlers. Keeping the batters honest, is Davies. Simple plans, well executed. Can feel the pressure slowly starting to build. Pakistan 71/0 in 15 overs. Nahida 43 (45), Javeria 24 (45).
The positive approach from Pakistan has been so refreshing. They haven't taken too many risks, but have raced to 52 in 8 overs. It's been a case of excellent batting and slightly poor bowling from England - too much width at the start of the game. They're starting to pull it back. Good first over from Freya Davies - starts with a maiden. Pakistan 52/0 in 9 overs. Nahida 34 (32), Javeria 14 (22).
Slightly surprising this, but despite the overcast conditions, there doesn't seem to be too much movement for the quicks. Shrubsole is getting her usual amount of movement, but nothing extravagant from Brunt at the other end. If anything, the wet ball is probably making it hard for them to get anything out of the ball... It's been rolling all over the outfield thanks to Nahida's aggressive approach! I wonder how the spinners will cope. Pakistan 46/0 in 7 overs. Nahida 28 (26), Javeria 14 (16).
Feeding on width
Nahida Khan is feeding on any width being provided by England's bowlers. She took a liking to Anya Shrubsole in the previous game, taking three boundaries off her - including 10 runs off a single over - and she's continued to have the upper hand in this game. She's raced to 21 off just 16 balls.
Javeria Khan and Nahida Khan have started spiritedly, taking a pair of boundaries off Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole. Slightly shorter lengths from England today which is giving the Pakistan batters time to adjust. All boundaries have come off the back foot. Pakistan 22/0 in 3 overs. Javeria Khan 8 (8), Nahida Khan 13 (10).
Sidra Ameen, Nashra Sandhu and Rameen Shamim miss out. Pakistan XI: Javeria Khan, Nahida Khan, Bismah Maroof (c), Kaynat Hafeez, Umaima Sohail, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig, Nida Dar, Anam Amin, Syeda Aroob Shah.
Freya Davis replaces Kate Cross. England XI: Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Amy Jones (wk), Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Freya Davies
England opt to bowl in overcast conditions.
We have been playing some good attacking cricket - whether with bat or ball. Yes, we haven't been able to get the results we want, but there is a lot of positivity within the group. We are not looking at the team we are playing, it is about playing attacking cricket
The covers are off and the match will begin soon! News from the toss in a bit!
So here's a recap of the series so far. England have been somewhat of an unstoppable force with the bat in the first two matches of the series. In game one it was the opening pair of Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont who laid the foundation to a 75-run win. Following that, Nat Sciver's incredible century and 80s from Heather Knight (in her 100th game) and Fran Wilson sealed another convincing win for the visitors. What will game three bring?
Hello folks! Welcome to the coverage of the third and final ODI of the series between Pakistan and England in Malaysia. The toss has been delayed due to a drizzle which means the covers are still on. Looks like we will be here for a while!
Rain saves Pakistan; England take series 2-0
At 145 for 8, it seemed only a miracle could save Pakistan from the prospect of a whitewash in the ODI series against England. Luckily for the hosts, the rain gods obliged, sending down a showed that saw the third and final ODI at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Sauturday (December 14) washed out. England thus won the series 2-0, taking their points tally on the ICC Championship table to 29, meaning they have now directly qualified for the ODI World Cup in New Zealand in 2021. With nothing to lose, Pakistan, sent into bat by England in…