Though England’s kick-started their ICC T20 World Cup campaign with a nail-biting loss against South African women, they managed to bounce back into the competition with two consecutive wins. After the first blunder, on 26th February, Wednesday, England easily stood tall over Thailand, and now after beating Pakistan on 28th February, Friday, England seems to be finally on the run for the cup among other teams in Group B.
The match saw once again England captain Heather Knight taking the sail, and taking the team to their second victory. Pakistan women failed to provide a concrete competition, resulting in their first-ever loss in this tournament.
After winning the toss, Pakistan women chose to bowl first, and for a while, the decision seemed to work out, as the spell by Diana Baig managed to clinch the wicket of Amy Jones (2; 4b) in the very first over. Pakistan’s second break was not far away, with Aiman Anwer dismantling opener Danielle Wyatt (16; 13b; 3X4) in the 6th over.
Losing 2 wickets before crossing the 50 run mark, Pakistan seemed to be on the path of winning their 2nd consecutive game of the tournament. However, England came back stronger as skipper Heather Knight joined hands with Natalie Sciver by starting to create a partnership, but Sciver (36; 29b; 5X4) soon gets trapped in the spell of Aliya Riaz at the end of 11th over.
The turning point of the game for England arrived, as Knight (62; 47b; 8X4, 1X6) and new batsmen on the crease Fran Wilson (22; 19b; 2X4) contributed to a 57 runs partnership, which easily boosted the target. Pakistani bowler miserably failed to restrict the run flow, and though 7 wickets were lost in the process, England managed to put a final score of 158 on the board.
Pakistani women coming to bat did not make any impact whatsoever at the beginning of the game, with the entire batting line collapsing without much of a contribution to offer. The only contradiction was Aliya Riaz (41; 33b; 5X4, 1X6), who battled at the middle posting 44 runs single-handedly, but her run too was cut short in the 19th over by Anya Shrubsole. With Riaz gone, England’s way to winning the game was only a piece of cake, and with a few more wickets to go, England restricted Pakistan to 116 by claiming all their wickets with 2 more balls yet to bowl.