England, Pakistan Share Twenty20 International Series
Pakistan Women celebrated their first win over England Women in any format with a one-run success in the second Twenty International at Loughborough after England had powered to victory in the first match by 70 runs.
Sarah Taylor's first half-century of the summer set England up for their third convincing win in as many matches but Pakistan turned the tables late on to prevail by the slenderest of margins.
Taylor hit 57 in 50 balls in game one as England posted 145 for seven batting first with Charlotte Edwards adding 46 in 33 deliveries.
Danielle Wyatt then took three for 16 and Natasha Farrant a brace on debut as Pakistan limped to 75 for six in reply despite Nahida Shah top scoring with 28 not out.
Pakistan batted first in the second match and improved as England change their batting order to give the younger, less experienced players time in the middle, scoring 116 for eight, Wyatt and Danielle Hazell sharing four wickets for England.
Jenny Gunn then made 22 and Arran Brindle 39 in 27 balls but England struggled throughout, Brindle run out from the final ball as Pakistan completed a landmark win by dismissing the home side for 115.
“I think we played really well this morning that’s how we want to play our Twenty20 cricket, we got off to a good start and then I think we bowled extremely well to restrict them to 75, so all went to plan really," Edwards said following the match.
"It was great to see Natasha Farrant really shine on her debut, I was impressed by her and the way she dealt with it all, as did all the other girls.
"That’s been a great thing about this tour; we’ve been able to blood a few new players which is always good for the future. They all thoroughly deserve their opportunity following their performances in domestic and super fours cricket, and I think it’s given them an insight into the international game and hopefully an appetite to stay in the team and push on from here.
"There is a bigger picture here and we knew that going into the second game today. Obviously we go out to win every single game we play, but with what’s coming up over the next 12 months there was a real opportunity in the second game today to see other players in certain roles.
"Although we lost the game there are positives for us to take, we won’t be dwelling on it, for us as a squad there is definitely a bigger picture.
"I’m very much looking forward now to the Women’s Ashes Series, I know all the players are as well. We’ve got a good few weeks now of preparation now before it all starts at Wormsley on the 11th of August."
Pakistan now head to Ireland where they play two Twenty20 Internationals and a One-Day International as England begin their Ashes preparations.
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