England vs Pakistan
England vs Pakistan

Venue : Manuka Oval, Canberra

Toss : Pakistan Women won the toss and opt to bowl

Captain’s talk

Heather Knight: We are going to bat first. The wicket looks a bit slowm so we would like to put the runs on the board and defend it later. They (Pakistan) proved a lot the last time we played against them. We are playing the same team.

Bismah Maroof: We are bowling first. I think it’s a good wicket, the ball was coming nicely under lights in the last game, so we will bowl first. We need to put them under pressure and stick on our strengths. Last game gave us a lot of belief. One change for us.

Squad

Pakistan Women (Playing XI): Muneeba Ali, Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof(c), Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Iram Javed, Aliya Riaz, Sidra Nawaz(w), Aiman Anwer, Diana Baig, Sadia Iqbal

England Women (Playing XI): Amy Ellen Jones(w), Danielle Wyatt, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight(c), Fran Wilson, Katherine Brunt, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield, Sophie Ecclestone, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Glenn

England’s Batting

Jones disappoint every one- again

Previously England women’s won Thailand by a difference of 98 runs steps in seeking for their second victory. Wyatt and Jones are at the crease, Wyatt is on strike. Baig opens the attack against England. Baig in the first over shocked England by dismissing Jones who went pavilion for duck in the previous match and for 2 run in this match. Natalie Sciver gets to ground and paired with Wyatt.

After 10 overs

Wyatt strike an impressive triple four in the next over, but soon return to pavilion in Aiman Anwer’s over with a score of 16 runs from 13 balls. England’s Heather Knight gets in ground to save England from scoring low. At the end of power play England scored 48 runs for two wicket loss. Knight paired with Sciver and dragged England to a score of 74 runs for two wicket lose from 10 overs.

England's batting
England’s batting

Pakistan’s poor fielding 

Sciver lose her wicket to Aliya Riaz’s wide out ball, when she tried to hit hard by getting out from crease letting keeper to stump her. Fran Wilson gets in crease and pair with England’s skipper and provide the needed partnership. Pakistan players dropped catch for Wilson in Aliya Riaz’s over and for Knight’s in Nida Dar’s over shows their poor fielding.

Knight’s half century

In the last ball of 15th over Knight scored her fifty in Baig’s over while England’s score reached 124. There’s an another drop for Knight’s wicket in Aiman Anwer’s over but in the 5th ball of the same over Aiman uproot Wilson’s wicket when she scored 22 runs from 19 balls. In the 18th over England lose two wickets including England’s skipper. Nida Dar in her last over picked England skipper Knight and puts an end to her impressive strike when she scored 62 runs from 47 balls. England ends up scoring 158 runs for seven wicket lose.

Knight's impressive strike
Knight’s impressive strike

Pakistan Batting

Shrubsole’s revenge

After the victory over West Indies Pakistan get into their second game in the tournament of the T20I World cup. Muneeba Ali and Javeria Khan gets in crease, Muneeba Ali is on strike. Shrubsole opens the attack against Pakistan. Muneeba Ali hit an impressive four in the Shrubsole’s second over but in the very next ball Shrubsole got her revenge by dismissing her. The best comeback you could’ve hoped for after being hit for a four Muneeba Ali returned pavilion with a score of 10 runs.

Bismah Maroof get to the crease and paired with Javeria Khan. In the Sciver’s over Javeria Khan hit two consecutive boundary and impressed every one where Maroof remained without scoring any after facing five balls. Maroof lose her wicket to Brunt after striking a boundary in her over. Muneeba Ali and Maroof lost their wicket in the same over where they hit an Boundary.

After the power play Pakistan scored 35 runs for two wicket loss whereas England scored 48 runs for the same two wicket loss. Soon Javeria too lose her wicket to Glenn’s delivery for 16 runs from 15 balls. Pakistan struggled to face England’s bowling and lose wicket in an regular interval results in scoring 51 runs for five wicket loss after 10 overs.

England's celebration
England’s celebration after picking 5 wicket for 51 runs

Aliya Riaz-last hope that lost

Aliya Riaz paired with Sidra Nawaz paired and expect to drag Pakistan from losing.  Aliya Riaz hit an impressive six in Sciver’s over and build belief that she would drag Pakistan towards victory. The 49 run partnership has been broken successfully by Ecclestone’s Stump-to-stump ball at a speed of 82kph.

Aliya Riaz
Aliya Riaz

Shrubsole’s achievement in T20I 

In the very next over Shrubsole scatters Pakistan dream towards a descent score by uprooting Aliya Riaz’s wicket when she scored 41 runs from 33 balls. And also bagged her 100th T20I wickets by uprooting Baig’s wicket in bowled and caught style. With couple of balls left in hand England fold up Pakistan for 116 runs and registered their second victory in Women’s T20I World cup tournament.

Shrubsole
Shrubsole picked 100 wickets in T20I format

Player of the match

Heather Knight(England)

Batting : 62 from 47 balls.

Heather Knight : Really pleased with the effort. Thought the bowlers were brilliant. The spinners especially were clinical. Happy to get one more win on the board. I am enjoying batting up the order. I think it was a bit slower tonight. I tried to be there till the end. We knew 150-plus was going to be a good score. We have to prepare well for the next game. It’s about keeping the form going and momentum is a really big thing in T20s.

Heather Knight player of the match
Heather Knight player of the match

Captain’s view

Heather Knight: There are areas where we can improve. Nat is in outstanding form. The wicket was on the slower side and we got a score that was more than par. Fielding and bowling performance was pretty good. You are gonna lose wickets in T20 cricket. With the depth in our batting line-up, it’s fine to lose wickets. We wanna be positive, go hard and get those big scores. That’s how we are gonna win. It’s about winning the game at the end of the day. Sometimes, you have to scrape wins, it’s all about winning and qualifying for the semifinal.

Javeria Khan: She (Bismah Maroof) got hit on the thumb and has gone for an X-ray. It was more about fielding (where we lost the game). The fielders will have to step up. That was the real difference (between the two sides). If you give them (England) anything loose, they’ll punish. It all comes down to mental toughness. This is a young bunch, we have to stand up to the occasion. We will make more plans and come back stronger. We weren’t able to execute our shots well under pressure.