The Clinical England women’s team defeated Pakistan by nine wickets in a group match of the ICC Women’s World Cup on Thursday.
Women’s World Cup: Bowler, Wyatt propel England to nine-wicket win over Pakistan (AFP Photo)
- England beat Pakistan by nine wickets
- England jumped to fourth place
- England also has a better net run rate than India
England put in a good all-around performance to crush Pakistan by nine wickets and stay alive in the tally for a place in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup here on Thursday. England bowled first, bundling Pakistan for a meager 105 in 41.3 overs and then chasing the goal back on no fewer than 184 balls.
After winning the toss, she settled on the field, opening bowler Katherine Brunt (3/17) and left arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone (3/18) led England’s brilliant display with the ball at Hagley Oval. When it was their turn, opener Danni Wyatt hit 76 with an undefeated, aggressive 68-ball, while captain Heather Knight was unmissable with 24 in 36 deliveries.
England have just ousted India at NRR to ensure India absolutely need to beat South Africa to progress. This win also almost knocks out New Zealand as they have to beat Bangladesh by a huge margin.
Needing to win the game at all costs, Brunt gave England the best start and Pakistan the worst, knocking out Nahida Khan with the very first ball of the game. Brunt rolled it all the way around the center and away, and as the ball moved away he took a thick edge on Nahida’s stick to slip first. Pakistan wasn’t one for one and it soon became 11 for two when skipper Bismah Maroof ran out on an unnecessary second run.
Pakistan found themselves in dire straits thanks to another terrible run, this time the victim being Omaima Sohail after a direct hit from Tammy Beaumont in the 14th over with a score of 33 for three.