England Women’s Cricket team Thursday won match against Pakistan Women cricket team in ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup with nine wicket in hands. Danni Wyatt played decisive innings.
A dominating nine-wicket win for England! They’ve not just moved to six points on the table but also have a better net run rate than India and are placed at the fourth spot. It is a win that was well set up by Katherine Brunt, whose return to form would have pleased England, and Sophie Ecclestone, who was too good once again in the competition. Both Brunt and Ecclestone picked three wickets each to strike regularly and keep Pakistan to a mere 105.
That’s that! England win by 9 wickets, with more than 30 overs to spare. Short length delivery on leg, Wyatt tucks it down to fine leg for a four.
Katherine Brunt made a welcome return to form as she and Sophie Ecclestone claimed three wickets each and England ran through Pakistan to set themselves a target of just 106 to win their World Cup clash in Christchurch.
Brunt, the veteran England seamer, had taken just one wicket from five matches in the tournament before her 3 for 17 from eight overs helped contain Pakistan to 105 all out inside 42 overs, while Ecclestone took 3 for 18.
Having won the toss and opted to bowl first on a Hagley Oval pitch boasting some live grass, England struck first ball via Brunt, who looked skywards with arms outstretched in what looked like sheer relief when she had Nahida Khan, called into the Pakistan side to open in place of Muneeba Ali, caught at slip by Heather Knight playing a long way forward to a full, late-moving outswinger that found the outside edge.
Pakistan then lost their captain, Bismah Maroof when she turned a full ball off Anya Shrubsole to the vacant region at backward square leg and called for a second run as wicketkeeper Amy Jones sprinted after the ball and fired it in sharply to the striker’s end, where Sophia Dunkley was waiting to remove the bails with Bismah short of her ground.
That left Pakistan at 2 for 11 inside the first four overs and by the end of the powerplay, they had added just 17 more runs.
Omaima Sohail had a reprieve thanks to a communication breakdown as she attempted a lofted drive off Nat Sciver while Ecclestone and Dunkley waited for each other to claim the catch and the ball dropped safely between cover and mid-off.
There was no such luck for Omaima four balls later, however, when she went for a hurried single off Kate Cross as Tammy Beaumont swooped from mid-off and threw down the stumps at the non-striker’s end with an excellent direct hit.