England Women top Group B after thumping victory over Pakistan Women

England Women top Group B after thumping victory over Pakistan Women
England Women top Group B after thumping victory over Pakistan Women
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England Women 148-5 (Edwards 77no) beat
Pakistan Women 80 (Dar 16) by 68 runs
19th Match, Group B ICC Women’s World Twenty20, Chennai

Charlotte Edwards led by example with a fabulous 61-ball knock of 77 runs as England Women went on to defeat Pakistan Women by 68 runs in the Group B encounter of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Chennai.

Batting first after winning the toss, England posted a 68-run opening stand in nine overs. Both Edwards (77 not out) and Tammy Beaumont (37) played positively and struck regular boundaries.

After a 26-ball knock, Beaumont fell in the last ball of the ninth over. This led to two quick wickets as Sarah Taylor (0) and Natalie Sciver (15) fell in the 11th and 13th overs respectively.

Taylor joined hands with Danielle Wyatt (17) and added 59 runs for the fourth wicket.

Edwards completed a 46-ball fifty and scored a total of 10 boundaries in her 72-minute stay at the crease, pushing England to 148 for five in 20 overs. Nida Dar (3-21) and Asmavia Iqbal (2-18) shared five wickets.

Pakistan got off to a horrid start in their chase, losing four wickets in the powerplay and ending up with 34 for four after six overs.

England continued to strike regularly with Nain Abidi (2) and Sana Mir (11) falling before the halfway mark. With 10 overs left, Pakistan needed 94 runs with four wickets in hand.

Dar (16) top scored with 16 but Pakistan continued to slide. Laura Marsh (3-12) took three wickets while Anya Shrubsole (2-16), Sciver (2-22) and Georgia Elwiss (2-9) shared six wickets equally.

Pakistan were bowled out for 80 runs in 17.5 overs as England went on to win the game by 68 runs to finish at the top of Group B.

Edwards was the player of the match. England will now face Australia Women in the first semi-final in Delhi on 30th March.

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