- 144Runs 170
- 5Wickets 3
- 16Fours 12
- 1Sixes 7
That's all folks!
That's all from us for today... Another series whitewash for England that will help heal the (rather large) wounds that opened up during the Ashes. They have started their 'new era' quite positively, and look to be building nicely to the World Cup next year. The tri-series against India and Australia next February will likely test them (much) more and give a clearer indication of how their 'rebuilding' process is going... For Pakistan, it will be back to the drawing board. They have some brave calls to make, and need to give their players more clarity. It is hard to see them really challenging for a spot in the top 4 next year... Anyway, thanks for tuning in to our coverage, folks! Till next time, Merry Christmas! And a happy new year!
It was very good. Fatima Sana and Aroob bowled really well for us. In both formats we scored our highest totals, so it's a good experience for us. I think the bowlers are doing really well. We were just talking together that had we got to 150 it would have been a huge positive. Thanks to England for coming out here. It was a great series.
Player of the Series: Amy Jones
Jones had a wonderful series, amassing 179 runs in three matches, including two fifties on the bounce. She has enjoyed her elevation to the top of the order, taking on the quicks, but also giving herself time before unleashing her full range of strokes.
Player of the Match: Heather Knight
Lots of positives, but a lot of learnings as well. We have blooded a few young players. Sarah Glenn's performances have been a huge positive for us. It was nice to come out here and adapt to the conditions and do well as a team. We've learnt a lot and improved along the way. Personally, I would have liked to kick on and get a really big score today, but credit to the batters at the back end. We seem to keep leaving the new batters to lift the rate at the back end, so that is something that we will have to work on. It was nice to finish the year on a high, and I hope I can continue to get some runs in the next year as well.
England have ended the series just as they started - a clinical performance from the visitors. They rested some of their key players, but still came away with a comfortable win. They weren't really challenged by Pakistan in either ODIs or T20Is, but there is much for them to take from this tour. The emergence of Sarah Glenn is a huge positive for England, while the form of their batting unit is also something that will please the management.
Best day of the series
The loss may not have been the result they wanted, but Pakistan's performance through the day was easily their best this series. Both with the ball, and with the bat, they came out with good intent. Clear plans to the batters allowed them to largely restrict the top order, while aggression with the bat meant they capitalised on anything loose from England's bowlers. They picked their areas and played the field well - hitting over the straight field superbly, while also using the cross batted shots to good effect.
Despite Javeria Khan's unbeaten half-century and a little cameo in the end from Sidra Nawaz, England cruise to a 26-run victory over Pakistan, to seal the T20 series 3-0. There was too much to do for Pakistan's sixth wicket pair who put together 35 runs off just 15 deliveries to take their team to the highest total of the series.
Sidra Nawaz has blasted four consecutive boundaries off Mady Villiers. Fantastic batting from the diminutive 'keeper. Too much to do for Pakistan, but this has been a good knock at the back end for the hosts.
After two poor outings Javeria Khan has finally come to the party. She's led Pakistan's chase with a well compiled half-century - the 8th of her T20I career - that's come off 43 balls, including four fours and a mighty six over mid-wicket.
Closing it out
Amy Jones completes an excellent stumping off the bowling of Anya Shrubsole to dismiss Iram Javed for 0. Jones stays low and collects the ball right next to the stumps and has the bails off in a flash... Wonderful work from the 'keeper! Sarah Taylor-esque! Pakistan 109/5 in 18 overs.
Smart from Sophie!
Sophie Ecclestone has snaffled a smart catch off her own bowling to dismiss Omaima Sohail. The right-hander side steps to the leg side, trying to hit the left-arm spinner through the off-side, but she can't hit it wide enough. Ecclestone dives to her left and takes a good catch. Omaima gone for a run-a-ball 16. Pakistan 108/4 in 16.4 overs.
They may not be in with a realistic chance of winning this game, but Pakistan have finally shown really good intent with the bat today. It hasn't been an easy surface to come in and swing for the fences immediately, but their batters have been very smart about the areas they have hit to. They've all given themselves a little bit of time to get in before expanding their range. It's been good to watch... Javeria Khan motoring along now. Pakistan 99 in 15 overs. Javeria 39 (36), Omaima 9 (9).
Turns out Bismah is not able to take advantage of the chance provided. Glenn sends one past her and Jones completes an easy stumping. No damage done at all... The skipper has to walk back for 17.
Oooooh! Are England going to rue this chance? Amy Jones misses (what should have been) a rather easy stumping of Bismah Maroof off Heather Knight. The left-hander charges down the track, looking to hit straight, but is through the shot far too early. Her ungainly swipe sees the ball trickle under the bat, but Jones doesn't move to collect the ball that just slides past leg-stump. Pakistan 65/2 in 10 overs. Bismah 16 (16), Javeria 15 (17).
Cat and mouse
Twice in two overs now Bismah Maroof has pulled out of her stance just when the bowlers have been ready to deliver. She did it first with Sophie Ecclestone and then with Heather Knight - much to their annoyance - almost right at the point when they got into their delivery strides. Is she doing it to tick them off, or is there really something in her eye?!
Pakistan are more or less keeping pace with England's innings. Whether they will be able to accelerate at the same rate is another question altogether, but for now, the scores are pretty close. This partnership between Javeria Khan and Bismah Maroof will hold the key. Pakistan 44/2 in 7 overs.
And that's two!
It's Nahida Khan's turn to go now! Pakistan two down in no time... The opener steps out and looks to sweep Sarah Glenn. She hits it sweetly, but finds Danielle Wyatt on the square leg boundary. Straight down her throat almost. Glenn in the act immediately. Nahida goes for 8 off 15.
Anya Shrubsole picks up the first wicket for England! Ayesha Zafar stuck on the crease, is struck on the back foot by an inswinger from Shrubsole. Almost starts walking well before the umpire makes his decision. Pakistan 29/1 in 4 overs. Nahida 8 (15), Javeria 0 (1).
Ayesha Zafar has started with a bang! Two fantastic shots down the ground. The first a quality straight drive off Anya Shrubsole - high elbow, hold the pose, and everything - and the second a lofted drive off Kate Cross that was right in the slot. The right-hander is holding her shape quite nicely today. Someone who used to fall over a lot and try to hit over mid-wicket, Zafar seems to have expanded her hitting range and is now going straight. Brilliant start for Pakistan, with Nahida now joining in on the act - creating room against Shrubsole and smashing her over cover-point.
Villiers with the new ball
Off-spinner Mady Villiers has been thrown the new ball by Heather Knight, and she starts well. Coming round the wicket, she is clearly looking to spear the ball in to the pads and not give the batters any room to free their arms. One run from the first over.
Will they? Won't they?
Pakistan came out with good intent with the ball today - bowling full, straight and most importantly, to their field. Although Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont and Fran Wilson combined to get England to a total of 170 - and potentially take the game out of the hosts' reach- Pakistan will hope that their batters too, can display the same positivity with the bat. With a change at the top of the order, and much clearer plans, it remains to be seen whether they are finally able to challenge England in this match.
Fatima Sana closes out the innings quite brilliantly for Pakistan. She concedes only 10 runs (3 of which are leg byes) to help restrict England to a total of 170/3 in 20 overs. Wilson and Beaumont finish with a 52-run stand off just 35 deliveries. Fantastic little partnership at the end there. Pakistan have been so much better today... Will it transfer into their batting?
One final push
Beaumont and Wilson have found the boundary regularly in these last couple of overs. They are taking England to a total that will likely be well beyond reach of this struggling Pakistan line-up. England 160/3 in 19 overs. Wilson 22 (20), Beaumont 23 (15).
Wilson switching it up!
Fran Wilson has come in and played a flurry of reverse sweeps before clubbing a six over mid-wicket off Anam Amin. She seems to be slowly shifting the momentum of the innings in England's favour along with Tammy Beaumont. The pair have really motored between the wickets to give the innings a push. England 141/3 in 17 overs. Wilson 20 (15), Beaumont 7 (7)
Huge blow for England. Heather Knight looked set for a big one today. She is caught by Javeria Khan at deep mid-wicket off Diana Baig looking for the boundary. It's a slog gone wrong for the skipper - slightly early into the shot, which means she gets more height, than distance... Knight has to walk back for 43 off 31 deliveries.
Thrown it away
Amy Jones is unable to bring up her third half century on the trot. She is caught at short-third off Omaima Sohail trying to reverse sweep. The right-hander goes for 37 off 35 balls. Looked like she was trying to up the ante. England 112/2 in 13.1 overs. Knight 42 (29).
Taking on the youngster
Heather Knight takes a leaf out of Amy Jones' book and tonks two sixes off Aroob. She steps down the pitch and takes the 15-year-old straight over head head. England clearly want to get a move on. 92/1 in 11 overs. Knight 33 (23), Jones 29 (28).
Amy Jones, who seems to have finally settled in nicely. Welcomes Bismah Maroof to the bowling crease with a flurry of boundaries. She tonks her through mid-wicket twice, before slapping a powerful cover drive. 14 runs off the Pakistan captain's first over. England 78/1 in 10 overs. Jones 28 (26), Knight 20 (20).
Heather Knight looks to sweep Aroob Shah and completely misses the ball. There's a huge appeal for LBW, but the umpire turn it down. Aroob looks distraught. On first look, it seemed quite adjacent! However, the fact that Knight walked across her stumps, and leg stumps was visible to the umpire may have saved her!
Fatima Sana has looked impressive in her first game of the series. She's come bounding in and really hit the pitch hard. Quite a quick arm action as well. She has bowled a bit short, allowing England time to pick their areas to hit to, but the fields Bismah has set for her, means they haven't always been able to find the boundary.
In the balance
England have gathered 42 runs in the power play for the loss of one wicket. Pakistan have been pretty good this morning - bowling very straight and forcing England to try and hit through a packed leg-side field. The frustrated Wyatt (somewhat) into trying something slightly different which led to her downfall. Pakistan will want to keep things tight. Can't afford to let it slip now... Jones is slowly starting to find her feet on a slightly tacky surface. England 42/1 in 6 overs. Jones 10 (16), Knight 2 (5).
After crunching a couple of sixes off Anam Amin and Diana Baig, Danielle Wyatt falls for 25 (15) whilst looking for another boundary. She lifts a short of length ball from Diana Baig straight up in the air. The catch is well taken - on the second attempt - by Omaima Sohail at mid-on. Big wicket for Pakistan! England 31/1 in 4.2 overs.
Anam Amin starts well for Pakistan. Over the wicket and attacking the middle and leg stump - forcing England to play straight. Pakistan have packed the leg-side: mid-on, mid-wicket, deep mid-wicket, square leg and a short fine-leg. Similar field for Baig - except that she has a deep square leg and a long on. But she is bowling full and on the middle/leg stump as well. All the fielders on the off-side and inside the circle. Wyatt collects her first boundary through extra cover off Baig - marvelous drive off the front foot. England 10/0 in 2 overs.
Captainspeak: Bismah Maroof
We've got some changes in the team. Fatima Sana is a good young fast bowler, so we would like to give her a chance. We would like to restrict England under 150.
Captainspeak: Heather Knight
I've done alright this time! Usually pretty bad with the toss! The wicket looks pretty good. The outfield may be a little wet, considering the rain last night, but the surface looks unaffected, so that's nice. The bowlers may have to deal with a wet ball at the start... We've had a good outing with the bat through the series and the bowlers have been able to bowl out Pakistan a couple of times, so we are shaping up well. Hope to close things out positively.
Pakistan are going into this game without the experienced Nida Dar. Huge call from the team management. Dar's performances - especially with the bat - have been quite underwhelming. Two ducks in a row. She's been competent with the ball. but like the rest of her teammates, hasn't looked like getting too many wickets. The other player, Pakistan have left out is Aliya Riaz
No game time!
It looks like Kirstie Gordon will be the only England player to go home with no game time during this tour. One would have thought she'd play a lead role for England in sub-continent conditions, but turns out Sarah Glenn - who provides them with a very different/ far more attacking option - has taken her chance with both hands. Will be interesting to see how the left-arm spinner comes back from this...
Nahida Khan, Ayesha Zafar, Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof (c), Omaima Sohail, Iram Javed, Fatima Sana, Sidra Nawaz, Diana Baig, Anam Amin, Syeda Aroob Shah.
Danielle Wyatt, Amy Jones (wk), Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight (c), Lauren Winfield, Fran Wilson, Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Kate Cross, Sarah Glenn, Sophie Ecclestone.
England have opted to bat for a third game in a row!
Three on the bounce?
Back to the top of the order, Amy Jones has had a splendid time in the T20I series so far, clobbering back-to-back half-centuries and winnings consecutive player of the match awards as well. While we wait for the toss, you can read Padmaja Srivatsan's piece on Jones' liking for her position at the top of the order!
Hello folks! Welcome to the coverage of the third and final T20I between Pakistan and England at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur. Having sealed the series quite comfortably yesterday, England are eyeing a whitewash, while Pakistan are playing for pride. The hosts are yet to win a match in this series, having tasted defeat in all four (completed) matches so far.