Calcutta/Galle: Spin was in on the day as England ensured there were no major surprises in store, brushing aside Pakistan by 43 runs in a Group A encounter of the Women’s World T20 in Galle on Thursday.
After being sent in to bat, England posted a competitive total of 133 for six in 20 overs. Sana Mir, the Pakistan captain, would have hoped to of make use of the early morning assistance from the pitch after winning the toss, but her bowlers failed to back the decision as Charlotte Edwards, the England captain, and Laura Marsh blazed away to post 50 in just six overs.
Some poor fielding did not help Pakistan as they looked like they were intimidated by the big occasion. Marsh raised her maiden T20I fifty in an opening stand of 102 in 13.1 overs, before being run out for 54.
Sarah Taylor, England’s most prolific run-scorer, had the perfect launchpad to accelerate, but given the same pitch was being used for a second consecutive day meant it took a while for the batters to adjust, which became increasingly visible as Pakistan made full use of their slow options.
Brief scores: England 133/6 in 20 ovs (L. Marsh 54, C. Edwards 45). Pakistan 90 in 19.4 ovs (H. Colvin 4/9). England won by 43 runs.