English inaugural players Tammy Beaumont and Danielle Wyatt won their team’s 75th win for centuries on the first of three ODIs held in Kuala Lumpur on Monday 9 December.
After Skipper Heather Knight won the litter and decided on a bat, the pair set up 188 for the first wicket in a 34-over-long stand. In particular, Wyatt was brutal and raced with only 86 balls to her first ODI, before she fell with 110 to the Pakistani skipper Bismah Maroof. During their 95-ball, the right-hand man sent twelve hits to the fence and three left.
On the contrary, Beaumont started with great caution and reached her first fifty of 82 balls before nearly scoring a pass in the second half. Wyatt’s wicket did not hinder progress when Knight (41) accompanied Beaumont for a 60-run stance before beating off-spinner Rameen Shamim for 107.
England win the first ODI by 75 runs in Kuala Lumpur! Pakistan lost their last five wickets for 23 runs to get bowled out for 209. Kate Cross was the pick of 🏴's bowlers, finishing with 4/32.#PAKvENG 1st ODI 👇 https://t.co/Xf9kJRtNkr pic.twitter.com/wJTnTj5YPR— ICC (@ICC) December 9, 2019
Shamim scored two more goals in the finals, with Natalie Sciver, Amy Jones and Fran Wilson dismissed for single-digit errors when England finished 284/6.
Pakistans catching up began in stark contrast to that of England when openers Nahida Khan (4) and Sidra Ameen (1) sat in the hut on the third lap. Javeria Khan also failed to beat Kate Cross for 19, with Pakistan dropping by 39/3 after 11 overs. Skipper Maroof showed some resistance and added 67 for the fourth wicket with Omaima Sohail (29), but England’s discipline with the ball ensured that the set in question continued to rise.
Maroof kept Pakistan hunting but when they fell on the final ball of the 40th for 69, the game was almost over. Aliya Riaz scored a quick 39 with seven wins but it was too late when England topped 209 in their 45th game against Pakistan.
Kate Cross was the bowler’s choice for England and returned with 4/32 of her seven overs, while Katherine Brunt and Sarah Glenn each bagged two wickets.
The Second ODI “Pakistan Women vs England Women” will take place on Thursday 12 December 2019.