Colombo: England sounded a strong warning to their opponents by crushing South Africa by 121 runs in a warm-up fixture at Moors Sports Club in Colombo, ahead of the Women’s World T20 that kicks off on September 26 in Galle.
Opting to bat, England put together a power-packed performance, which saw them blaze away to 180 for four in 20 overs. The innings was driven by Charlotte Edwards, the captain, who got the innings off to a blistering start in the company of Laura Marsh (22).
Edwards, who made 54 off just 38 balls, scored seven boundaries in her knock. She was well aided by Sarah Taylor (31) as the duo put together a vital 46-run stand for the second wicket in just 28 balls to build a solid platform.
In another match, Pakistan warmed up for World T20 with a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a low-scoring game.
England 180/4 in 20 ovs (C. Edwards 54 rtd. out). South Africa 59 all out in 18.4 ovs (H. Colvin 2/7). England won by 121 runs.
Sri Lanka 77/8 in 20 ovs (A. Iqbal 4/11). Pakistan 78/6 in 17.2 ovs. Pakistan won by 4 wkts. (PTI)