World Cup Warm-ups: Pakistan trump Bangladesh, England thump South Africa

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World Cup Warm-ups: Pakistan trump Bangladesh, England thump South Africa

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On the last day of the warm-up matches in the lead up to the World Cup, four sides locked horns with each other in a bid to get some winning momentum under their belt before the business end. While Pakistan got the better of Bangladesh in a last over affair, it was the defending champions England who overpowered South Africa in another fixture.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Lincoln – Pakistan won by seven runs (D/L method)

An astounding all-round display from Fatima Sana helped Pakistan trump Bangladesh in their second warm-up match. The game was reduced to 42 overs per side after a steady drizzle halted play initially.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Pakistan were in total disarray initially after losing their top-three batters for just 38 runs on the board. Left-arm seamer Fariha Trisna was too good for the Pakistani batters as she bowled in the right areas and made life extremely difficult for them.

But a 73-run stand between Javeria Khan and skipper Bismah Maroof helped the side to weather the storm and deal with the early setbacks. Both Javeria and Maroof took their time and utilised their experience to bail the side out of the crisis. But just when it seemed that Pakistan were going towards a good total, they lost both of them in quick succession.

They soon lost Omaima Sohail and were again in a spot of bother at six for 120. But the duo of Aliya Riaz and Fatima Sana got their act together and put on a 66-run partnership to propel the side to 199 in 42 overs. Right-arm pacer Ritu Moni was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers as she picked up a three-fer while just giving away 35 runs in nine overs.

Chasing 202 runs to win (D/L method), the Bangladeshi openers couldn't trouble the scorers much and fell prey to the pace of Pakistan's pace sensation Sana. Fargana Hoque was the lone warrior for Bangladesh as she scored 71 runs at a healthy strike rate 74.73 and looked like taking the game away from the green brigade at one stage.

But it was Sana again who came to Pakistan's rescue and ended Hoque's resistance. She also got rid of Rumana Ahmed, who was looking set at 30 and closed the door on Bangladesh. Although Bangladesh needed nine runs to win in the last over, it was just a bit too much to get against the wily left-arm orthodox bowler Nashra Sandhu. They eventually fell short by seven runs and got bowled out for 194 runs.

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England vs South Africa, Rangiora – England won by six wickets

England got the better of South Africa in another rain marred warm-up fixture at Rangiora by six wickets. The game was reduced to 35 overs per side and England asked the Proteas to set up a score after winning the toss. South Africa got off to a nightmarish start as they lost half their side inside 19 overs with just 47 runs on the board.

But just when it was looking that they were going to get bundled out within 100, it was Marizanne Kapp who put her hand up. She delivered a counter punch and scored a well-compiled half century. She put on a 65-run stand with Chloe Tryon and pushed South Africa to a respectable total.

Although all the English bowlers bowled really well, it was the left-arm orthodox spinner Sophie Eccelestone who was the pick of the bowlers. She picked up a three-wicket haul while giving away just 23 runs in seven overs and never allowed the South African batters to settle in the middle.

Chasing 139 runs to win, the English batters put on a string of small partnerships that enabled the side to get to the total inside 27 overs. Tammy Beaumont was the highest run getter for the side as she scored 35 runs, including six boundaries. Middle-order batter Nat Sciver also scored a good looking 33 in just 36 balls during the run chase. This was England's second victory after their resounding win against Bangladesh, while South Africa lost both their warm-ups.

Brief Scores:

Pakistan 199/7 in 42 overs (Aliya Riaz 45*, Javeria Khan 44; Ritu Moni 3/35) beat Bangladesh 194/10 41.2 overs (Fargana Hoque 71, Rumana Ahmed 30; Fatima Sana 4/47) by seven runs

South Africa 138/9 in 35 overs (Marizanne Kapp 52, Chloe Tryon 27; Sophie Eccelestone 3/23) lost to England 139/4  in 26.2 overs (Tammy Beaumont 35, Nat Sciver 33 retired hurt; Ayabonga Khaka 2/8) by six wickets